posted on Mar, 24 2008 @ 06:58 PM
This technology is around ten years old. The military is usually ten to twenty five years ahead of civilian technology.
Take the Asimo Robot by Honda for example. It will be at least ten years before you can buy him in the shops for home use.
Long before that point however, Asimo will have undergone many major upgrades, and face lifts. He will probably look more human, be able to run at
speeds close to or better than human running speeds - Asimo is already able to run unimpeded over a flat surface at speeds up to five miles an
Already Asimo is able to complete complex tasks, such as navigating a room, and distributing drinks in a cafeteria, all without the need to be
connected to a central computer for control.
Now also factor in the fact that Asimo is being developed by a civilian organisation, with a relatively minute civilian budget.... compare this to the
military and the massive budgets they get for research and development, and you can only dream of the kinds of technologies that lay behind closed
This robot is something we should be very wary of. Not only is it agile, but this video is at least two years old (from what I understand). There will
have obviously been a lot of development and refinement since the day the video was made.
As a previous poster has already suggested: What if this thing were coming at you with a machine gun mounted atop of it?
How would you deal with an enemy like this?
The military is developing all manner of wierd and strange weaponry... we should be concerned.
Now, I do admit that this machine could be used for peaceful operations, such as mountain rescue (taking supplies to trapped people for example), but
how often do we see military developed "tools" being used peacfully?
I for one am concerned.