Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Israeli Military Robot Deploys

Oh goody. More military robots. The Guardium comes equipped with cameras and machine guns and, at least for the time being, is operated via joystick from a control room by an actual human.

John Pike (great grandfather of Christopher Pike?), head of a military think tank (ha!) sez:

"A robot does what it's told, and you'll be able to get them to advance in ways its hard to get human soldiers to do. They don't have fear, and they kill without compunction."

But more importantly, he said, "A robot means you don't have to write a condolence letter."

Yes. And the robot will not write a letter to anyone when it turns on its masters. Quite a savings on rising postage costs.

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