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SCI/TECH: The New Military: Microbots

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posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 07:06 PM
New micro-robots called microbots grow their own muscles from living animals. The microbots are grown on silicon chips, using the same principles and similar technologies as those used to make integrated circuits. "I can make hundreds of thousands as easily as I can make one," says nanotechnologist Carlo Montemagno. Blending biological and mechanical parts with phenomenal precision, microbots are a fully integrated system, blurring the lines between men and machines.
"Nanotech researchers have built tiny self-assembling machines that even grow their own muscles from cells taken from living animals.

Besides just blurring the line between organism and machine, the first of these nano-bio-bots may signal a breakthrough in how to mass produce bio-machines: The hybrid devices were grown on silicon chips using the same principles and some of the same technology employed to make integrated circuits.

"I can make hundreds of thousands as easily as I can make one," said lead nanotechnology researcher Carlo Montemagno of the University of California, Los Angeles.

"It's really a phenomenal thing," said George Bachand, a nanotech biologist at Sandia National Laboratory... "It's really a fully integrated system," he said of the blend of biological and mechanical parts.

The success with muscles also opens the possibility that other types of cells and tissues can be incorporated into microchips, said Montemagno, for a multitude of other tests and uses."

In a "related article" link:

"A new aircraft guidance system can transform chosen planes into robots designed for "volatile combat situations," according to aeronautics engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The robot planes respond to commands typed in English from a laptop on the ground or onboard another aircraft. The engineers tested the system in June at Edwards Air Force Base and, according to an MIT press release, it performed "flawlessly."

The demonstration marks the first time that an individual has communicated complex and precise commands in real time to an unpiloted plane."

New Combat Robot Prepares for Duty

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Ground troops and human soldiers are notoriously expensive to train, house and maintain. New technologies are rapidly making most military forces obsolete.

In the very near future, looks like robots will fight alongside highly trained special ops contract forces. Domestic militaries will be used for basic training, and domestic policing.

[edit on 6-2-2005 by Banshee]

[edit on 6-2-2005 by soficrow]

[edit on 9-2-2005 by soficrow]

posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 08:40 PM
When the world declines into war and greed, and all is lost, a King of Shambhala will emerge from the secret city with a huge army to conquer evil and herald the Golden Age. Some suggest this king may be Kalki.

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posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 08:55 PM

Originally posted by The Division Bell
When the world declines into war and greed,

Well, the decline is certainly happening.

On one hand, I'm really excited about some of these breakthroughs. At the same time, I am very concerned about some of the directions we're taking - and about our national priorities. Right now, I'm especially worried about the Federal Budget.

1. Military expenditures take priority in the new budget, and prioritize international corporate profits over the safety and health of American people and US soil. Most of the allocations are funnelled to international corporations, not even American ones.

American troops are being dissed in the budget because the military is in transition. Soon, contract special ops from private, international security corporations will work almost exclusively with robots, instead of US troops. The military budget is allocated to effect this transition.

2. America is facing a crisis with Mad Cow and other prion related diseases. This is a real and present danger right here at home, on American soil, right here and right now. Scientific reports are being published almost daily. Prions already are contaminating our water, food and nearly everything else. We do not need to fear boogeyman bioterrorists - only inaction, and bad leadership.

3. The Federal Budget being submitted to Congress tomorrow does not deal with this crisis. In fact, it dismantles or cuts funding to the few protections that do exist.

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There's a fairly good discussion going on that you might like to check out:

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[edit on 6-2-2005 by soficrow]

posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 04:37 PM
UPDATE and more info.

2005 - Two robotics projects in the USA and Korea announced stunning breakthroughs this week. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contracted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to build a computer that can read documents and learn from them, for $1.2 million. Korea's Advanced Institute of Science and Technology created software to install 14 artificial chromosomes ton a robot within three months. The software code is modelled on human DNA.

The New Military: Robots with Human DNA

2000 - "One of the projects DARPA is currently supporting is work by a team at Michigan State University's College of Engineering, who are developing reconfigurable micro-robots for use in military, intelligence and law enforcement ...."

DARPA Works to Replace Soldiers, Police with Robots

2005 - "Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles have successfully bonded flesh to silicon to create what they claim is world's first muscled robot. ..."They have a maximum moving speed of 40 micrometres per second and can work for more than four hours, although not continuously." "

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