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Technology continues its relentless march: US Army considers replacing troops with robots

By Ben Farmer | The Telegraph
Jan 21, 2014

The US Army is considering replacing thousands of soldiers with robots as it deals with sweeping troop cuts.

A senior American officer has said he is considering shrinking the size of the Army’s brigade combat teams by a quarter and replacing the lost troops with robots and remote-controlled vehicles.

The American military is still far from fielding armies of Terminator-type robotic killers though. Ideas under discussion instead include proposals to see manned lorries and transporters replaced by supply trains of robots vehicles.

Generals are studying proposals as the US Army is to slim down from 540,000 to about 490,000 soldiers by the end of next year. Some reports suggest it could dip below 450,000 by the end of the decade.

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Biggest joke ever. We're

Biggest joke ever. We're about as close to a robot soldier as taxi service to Alpha Centuri.

Even the processing/motor ability of walking upright on two legs, over uneven ground? No robot has ever done it. None. Forget running, climbing, jumping over obstacles etc., especially while carrying anything. Just walking. Can't be done.

We do have 'em on 6-8 legs, tethered by power cables or on gas engines with enough noise to be heard a mile away.

Artificial intelligence that we should be scared of? When we can barely get computers to work without constant vulnerabilities and glitches, machines probably 100,000 times simpler than something that would be an autonomous, adaptive, ambulatory, quiet, self-repairing android.

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"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

-Thomas Jefferson

No one wants to die.

The world will gravitate towards a total video game approach to conflict, with each side fighting with robots and mechanical tools to try and gain dominion and control of resources with a minimum loss of human life, yet in this struggle is not human life and humanity all but lost anyway?

beephree

lol

So the other side only has to bring giant magnets to the battlefield along with military trained roofing contractors?

donvino

Yes

or drop an emp blast and watch the robots spaz out on the ground.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

We are a long way from

We are a long way from looking your enemy in his eye and having to get spattered with his blood and watch him die if you want to kill him. Progress of a sort.

You would be surprised.

[F]orce can only settle questions of power, not of right. - Clyde N. Wilson

This is downsizing?

The original Defense News article has this quote:

Over the past 12 years of war, “in favor of force protection we’ve sacrificed a lot of things,” he* said. “I think we’ve also lost a lot in lethality.” And the Army wants that maneuverability, deployability and firepower back.
* Gen. Robert Cone, head of US Army Training and Doctrine Command

Huh-what? You call 12 years of war and half a million dead a reduction in lethality?