Release the (robot) hounds!

Posted by on October 23rd, 2008 in robots, security, weapons

I’m not a particular fan of Alex Jones, whose conspiracies tend to fall wayy too close to the “Reptoids in the White House” flavor for my tastes, but this article was sent my way by a reader. ¬†Steve Watson of Jones’¬†Infowars.net links to what appears to be a request for contractors to work on the development of a human-hunting robot program.

Paul Marks of The New Scientist asked police and military technology expert Steve Wright about the proposal:

“What we have here are the beginnings of something designed to enable robots to hunt down humans like a pack of dogs. Once the software is perfected we can reasonably anticipate that they will become autonomous and become armed.

We can also expect such systems to be equipped with human detection and tracking devices including sensors which detect human breath and the radio waves associated with a human heart beat. These are technologies already developed.”

Infowars’ Watson goes on to hypothize that the basis for such a robot would be Boston Dynamics’ “Big Dog”.

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4 Responses to “Release the (robot) hounds!”

  1. I agree Jones can be out there a lot of the time–his part in “Waking Life” was awesome, though.

    This is pretty odd though. Hopefully that means that soon afterwards the Robot Hounds would hit the private sector–and I would have loads of fun with them. :D

    I wouldn’t kill people, really–just scare the piss out of ‘em. :)

  2. … Is anyone else reminded of the Mechanical Hound from Fahrenheit 451?

  3. Radio waves associated with the human heart beat?

    That sounds like utter bullshit

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