Video: New Pentagon ‘Terminator’ Robot Developed for Street Use

Daniel G. J.
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July 18th, 2013
Updated 07/18/2013 at 3:59 am

The U.S. military is trying to develop and deploy a real life terminator. A research agency associated with the Pentagon has unveiled pictures of a robot that looks and walks like a man.

atlas-pentagon-robotThe ATLAS robot is being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a Massachusetts company called Boston Dynamics. DARPA, which is known as “the Pentagon’s weird science agency,” is the organization that is stated to have invented the internet. DARPA now has an intensive effort to create robots such as ATLAS underway at their facilities, and a new video reveals some of the latest developments.

DARPA has told the press that ATLAS is designed to enter disaster areas such as places contaminated by radiation or toxic chemicals and provide relief. Yet it would also function perfectly on the battlefield.

A Real Life Terminator?

A few versions of ATLAS could be dropped from a plane into enemy territory and sent out to track down and terminate an enemy. This would be the logical extension of the military’s current program of drone strikes. The difference is that the ATLAS would walk up to the foe and either use bullets or explosions to take down the target.

The robot could also be set to explode after it completes its mission in order to destroy all evidence of U.S. involvement. Such robots could also be programmed for other military missions, such as sabotage or retrieving documents and other evidence from locations in foreign countries.

The political advantages to such a robot would be considerable; it could carry out commando raids without the danger of having soldiers captured or killed. The robot could also be deployed to areas where the presence of U.S. troops might create political difficulties, such as Syria.

Might Violate International Law

There, of course, are serious problems to such a robot, including legality under international law. Some observers have noted that drone strikes might violate existing international laws. Drone strikes have also strained our relations with some foreign countries, including our European allies.

Beyond terminators, there’s the possibility of the robot storm trooper—a robot designed to force people to go along with the status quo. Unlike human troops, such a robot would have no conscience and no qualms about gunning down unarmed people or violating rights. Do we really want this technology falling into the hands of Third World dictators?

We need to seriously examine this new technology’s moral and legal ramifications. They’re vast, and they could come home to haunt us in ways we never imagined.

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  1. saeleine says:

    i've come to expect nothing less from DARPA and the Pentagon at large in 2013.

  2. Autonomous killer robots. What could possibly go wrong?

  3. Evil says:

    I’d like to understand why college kids think it would be ‘cool’ to go and work for the military industrial complex like these fools who made this have done.

    It shouldn’t be seen as a ‘cool’ thing. We need to foster distrust of government to the point where anyone who goes to work for the military industrial complex is socially shunned. You should be a pariah for making your living this way. I hate these scum.

  4. Aristotle Lives says:

    Daniel G J,

    You say : Do we really want this technology falling into the hands of Third World dictators?

    And what is the horrible thing about that when compared the First Word “rulers” who are the ones who have continuously been responsible for the mass murder of millions of civilians and use things similar to this and much worse yet, to continue the murder spree? Are they to be trusted?

    Are your really thinking?

  5. Deuce says:

    Anyone who saw Teminator 3 knows how easy it would be for one of these to fall into enemy hands and be reprogrammed or reverse engineered. Hopefully we’ll realize what a stupid idea this is before that actually happens.

    Here’s a crazy idea. How about we just stop having wars and spend the money and brainpower more productively. I bet one of these guys could wash the crap out of a car…

  6. Antiagitprop says:

    Daniel G. J. seems to have completely missed the lesson. This technology will only be used for evil. The purported radiation and chemical environments this monstrosity would operate in are merely pretexts to baffle the idiots. And it is very interesting that the author has managed to exclude the use of this atrocity to commit assassinations and related crimes from the “serious problems.” If these robots start showing up outside the DARPA labs, they should be reduced to scrap with armor-piercing ammunition.

  7. Jacob says:

    Like the day when Skynet became self-aware, maybe when these develop a consciousness the day will be remembered as when ATLAS shrugged.

    But seriously, I read (maybe in Scientific American, or in Popular Mechanics) that some researchers showed that when two autonomous robots were programmed with the same simple code, one capable of receiving input from their surroundings and from the other robot, and placed in a room with obstacles, they were able to assist assist each other in navigating the room by avoiding the obstacles; they essentially learned to communicate and through code modification to direct their actions to solve a problem for which they were not originally programmed to accomplish. This is only rudimentary communication, so self-aware robots are still a stretch for me.

    And until machines (ATLAS or drones) become self-aware, when these are used in the War on Terror, the war on humanity, the one who operates ATLAS’s controls, and the one who orders him to operate the controls, bears the guilt of the murder of innocent people.

  8. Pollywog says:

    "Do we really want this technology falling into the hands of Third World dictators?"

    Heck! What about falling into the hands of those that want to dictate to the rest of the world how they should live!

  9. It could be misused greatly if it gets t the wrong hands….

  10. Is this legit? Looks like an Ironman movie. Very cool regardless!

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  12. But if we all have one we'll be safer, thats how that works right?

  13. World News says:

    If this kind of robots is made, No need of the soldier in American Army..They can replace their soldier from their new invention( Real Life Terminator). But it is many miles below from reality.

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