Military has a robot that's creepily human

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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 (note: Al Gore did not invent the Internet. LOL).
DARPA has been at work designing sophisticated military robots. Here’s the creepy-looking PETMAN, a robot developed to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The Daily Bail aptly puts it: “Imagine this guy knocking at your door to conduct a police manhunt for a suspected terrorist. Say hello to the future.”

The PETMAN robot was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the Dept of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense program. It is the first anthropomorphic robot that moves dynamically like a real person. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature. Partners in developing PETMAN were MRIGlobal, Measurement Technology Northwest, Smith Carter, SRD, CUH2A, and HHI.
On the other hand, this pack mule robot, LS3 (Legged Squad), is kinda cute:

Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), DARPA developed the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) program — 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 (i.e., independently make “Follow the Leader” decisions) through rugged terrain.
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “Military has a robot that's creepily human

  1. One wonders where and how the contaminated coveralls and other tainted gear is disposed of, as we live on a planet of closed systems. That’s THE problem w/nuclear energy, of course: what to do w/the deadly wastes.

     
  2. It looks pretty fragile: a sniper or RPG trooper can take it out w/a single round. It really is a failure, as a mule could do what it does and do it better. And if your mule is killed, you can still eat it, which could be its greatest advantage. Mules can be bred and trained by the thousands; these must be made one at a time by someone human, even if by robotics.
    In what may be the greatest line ever written, e e cummings wrote: “a world of made is not a world of born”. God’s ways are always best, if we can only understand and obey rightly!

     
  3. Looks like a cow……..put it to pasture!

     
  4. One conspiracy theory I’ve never seen anyone raise but I sometimes wonder about: Maybe the technology is more advanced than we’re led to believe, and some of the “people” we see are actually robots. Obama, for example, often seems kind of robotic (there’s that video about his eerily unchanging smile), but he’s not the only one. People often speculate that some people may really be aliens, so why not robots? Just an idea.

     
    • look up Cathy O Brien’s TRANCE formation of America and Bryce Taylor’s Thanks for the Memories, both biographies- they were trained to be robots for the elite, Through torture, satanism abuse and sex abuse as tiny children, they were fractured into compartments and roboticized.

       

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