DARPA or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. DARPA has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies which have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking.
DARPA has been at work designing sophisticated military robots. The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) program just completed prototypes of robotic “pack mules” that one day would carry gear for a squad of Marines or Army soldiers. The robots are able to get back up from a fall by itself, interpret verbal and visual commands, and autonomously follow people through rugged terrain.
Break thinks the robots’ ability to “follow the leader” are the “creepiest ever.”
I find them quite touching and cute. What about you?