Military "iRobots" to Hunt Down Non-Cooperative Humans

27 October 2008

"A robot could not commit a murder, no more than a human could walk on water." I, Robot (2004)

Your worst sci-fi nightmare may be coming to a reality near you.

New Scientist recently revealed that the Pentagon is currently looking for contractors to produce a "Multi-Robot Pursuit System".  We're talking about a fleet of military robots that will "search for and detect a non-cooperative human."

Sounding alot like something Will Smith would say in I, Robot?  In fact, there really is a company called iRobot , which entered a contract with Taser International last year to have stun weapons on its military robots!  Scary world we are living in.

Last year, Steve Wright of Leeds Metropolitan University predicted this growing trend, saying:

"What we have here are the beginnings of something designed to enable robots to hunt down humans like a pack of dogs. Once the software is perfected we can reasonably anticipate that they will become autonomous and armed.

We can also expect such systems to be equipped with human detection and tracking devices including sensors which detect human breath and the radio waves associated with a human heart beat. These are technologies already developed."

This move is only part of an ongoing trend in military technology. Combine that with a recent surge in privacy invasions through RFID and human tracking using terrorist activity excuses, could this be the end of personal privacy?

So anyone perceived as "uncooperative" may soon be the bull's eye target of a heat-seeking robot with no conscience and no remorse. Although Halloween is swiftly approaching, this frightening reality is neither a trick nor a treat.  So be good, and watch your back.

[New Scientist]

TOPICS:   Technology


  • Paul Nikkel EDITOR
    Is the fleet of pursuing robots going to look like roombas? Will they descend on their victims and suction them into submission? Will we have to quarantine existing roombas in case they turn on us?
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