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More Creepy Robotics from DARPA

http://youtu.be/FFGfq0pRczY

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Wow impressive use of funds on killer robots

Now look at my glass jar full of acid being thrown at said robot

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Stock up

on magnets!!!

Cyril's picture

+1 Makes sense.

+1 Makes sense.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

The Japanese

build really smart cute and quite likeable robots that are for everyday applications. The US builds creepy, ugly, downright freaking scary shit that is intended for war. And yet the US claims to be so enlightened when it comes to peace. What a laugh! Tragic!

skippy

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+1 Point

+1 Point

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Don't be fooled

this is the old technology. See Mitt Romney for latest model.

We have an internet the of

We have an internet the of which the government has taken control.

Bob Marshall

Help!

Help us John Conner we need you!!

not what I was going to say but...

bolt cutters will be added to EDC.. or maybe some sort of taser that will by pass the safeties and short out the wiring.. or maybe a hand held electro-magnetic interupter?? hmmmm

Garnet
Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

Don't Forget

that without DARPA we would not have had the internet as soon as we did, possibly. Still creepy though.

"To say, 'nothing is true', is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say, 'everything is permitted', is to understand that we are the architects of our actions.

BULL

The Internet was developed with resources and talent stolen by government, over decades, from the productive, voluntary economy. If those elements were left functioning in the free market, we might have had the Internet in 1960.

Yes

That may be true, and the government did steal it, I'm still saying that the government, in the end created the internet and decided to open it up to the public, an action I'm sure they regret.

"To say, 'nothing is true', is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say, 'everything is permitted', is to understand that we are the architects of our actions.

In October, a worldwide

In October, a worldwide Robotics contest was initiated to improve on the robot above.

For disasters like Fukushima, robots would be indispensable. In 2010 Obama funded $223,000,000 to Universities for the National Robotics Initiative and all we got is tippy toes the Robot. Only 34 million will be used to fund the contest. If the robot can accomplish the list below, now that would be progress. Drive a utility vehicle?!! Is this a worthwhile project?

In the DARPA Robotics Challenge, robots will compete with each other performing disaster response operations in representative scenarios that will likely include the following sequence of events:

1. Drive a utility vehicle at the site.
2. Travel dismounted across rubble.
3. Remove debris blocking an entryway.
4. Open a door and enter a building.
5. Climb an industrial ladder and traverse an industrial walkway.
6. Use a tool to break through a concrete panel (see Figure 1).
7. Locate and close a valve near a leaking pipe (see Figure 1).
8. Replace a component such as a cooling pump.

DARPA-BAA-12-39 (Robotics Challenge).pdf

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=ee8e770...

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

DARPA

doesn't give a flying f about Fukushima or any other helpful application. Are you kidding? If anything they'll probably use this nightmare to go door to door to take away guns from law abiding citizens like they did with their "human" bots during Katrina. Kick little old ladies around, etc. How come the US always builds stuff for war instead of the good of the world? Ask Tesla, ask Einstein, ask, well, don't get me started!

skippy

anything

that can be used for good will ultimately wind up in the hands of the military and be used against human beings.. there are too many evil people running loose out there to believe otherwise

Garnet
Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

You are correct. They say

You are correct. They say they are building these robots for disasters but if you read further, they will be used by the Defense Department for wars.

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

Technology like this once

Technology like this once developed won't be restricted to military and medical rescue purposes. The cat is out of the bag... Robots will play a much larger role in the world moving forward, artificial intelligence will also and many technologies will arise that initially look frightening and strange.

Not to throw out boring

Not to throw out boring numbers but I read Obama budgeted around 7.5 billion dollars for research in 2013. Ron Paul informed us that money can be funneled in and out of departments and used for whatever the government deems important instead of its original purpose.

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

I guess it's up to us

to develop our own robots, to do battle with theirs. The means they choose for oppression evolve, just as the means we choose for liberation should.

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself." - Thomas Jefferson

Your tax dollars at work. Robots wasting money.

Government leaves nothing wasteful unexplored.

Free includes debt-free!

They Use Our Tax Money

To build stuff to use against us. Typical. That stupid robot is primitive compared to the things the Japanese are building.

skippy

I'm not saying I'm a fan of

I'm not saying I'm a fan of government spending, but don't forget that DARPA invented the technologies that lead to the internet. Not all government research is evil.

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So I was browsing the DARPA channel on YouTube

And I found this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqpO58x7vuE&list=UUOIHBHRbvnc...

Think you could outrun that thing? Humans won't have a chance.

There is some freaky s~t on that channel. And in our futures.

He's the man.

bullets my friend..

bullets my friend..

That's pretty freaky

It's probably a good idea to visit their website regularly to preview all the stuff they might unleash on us so we can brainstorm ways to trip each of them up. Maybe people could start working on heavy duty nets to drop on the "cheeta" thing, or dig big holes covered with sticks and dirt for it to fall into, or have lots of large stones to throw in it's path, and... lol I don't know if any of it would work, but it's good to have a plan. Maybe if someone was able to disable and capture it, they could find a way to re-program it and turn it against the enemy!

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Yes, and meanwhile...

Yes, and meanwhile...

http://www.dailypaul.com/260383/world-s-first-flying-file-sh...

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Cool!

I always believed the techies would find a way to thwart a govt. internet takedown. Oh, and I just thought of something else re the cheetah thing...I bet that thing can't turn very well once it gets going real fast. You could probly dodge it pretty easily...so run for the edge of a cliff and then jump out of the way! lol

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Indeed.

Indeed.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I believe Boston Dynamics is

I believe Boston Dynamics is a private company, so I'm encouraged that when they are given a request and a financial incentive they will use their expertise and technical acumen to 'doggedly' pursue an engineering challenge.

Naturally, I'd rather their spectacular robots were being developed for use by private companies, rather than the government, but the Constitution does allow for us to maintain our military for defense, present misguided policies notwithstanding.

they are given government money

How can you support that? They are not responding to a market need. Think of the wasted resources that could instead be used for something consumers actually want.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus