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Friday, January 28, 2005

Military of the Future???

Have you guys seen these SWORDS robots the US military is working on?

From Military.com:

Different weapons can be interchanged on the system – the M16, the 240, 249 or 50-caliber machine guns, or the M202 –A1 with a 6mm rocket launcher. Soldiers operate the SWORDS by remote control, from up to 1,000 meters away. In testing, it's hit bulls eyes from as far as 2,000 meters away, Tordillos said. The only margin of error has been in sighting, he added.

"It can engage while on the move, but it's not as accurate," Tordillos said.

The system runs off AC power, lithium batteries or Singars rechargeable batteries. The control box weighs about 30 pounds, with two joysticks that control the robot platform and the weapon and a daylight viewable screen.

And from BBC News:

Mr Quinn says there are plans to replace the computer screen, joysticks and keypad in the remote-control unit with a Gameboy-style controller and virtual-reality goggles.

Now imagine what you would get if you take this kind of military technology and mix it together with the online-gaming culture.

I mean the US Army already has America's Army -- its own online first-person-shooter game. Add a few more years of technological advances and you could theoretically create an army of robot soldiers under the control of caffeine-enhanced computer junkies.... like me.

Yes.... it is a scary thought.... and it leaves me with two questions.

Where do I sign up? and Can I set my own taunts?