The military has been under fire for its use of emotionless units called “drones” that have changed the game of war. Drones have been bombing unsuspecting towns like Pakistan in search of the Taliban, but killing civilians. But now there is a formidable foot soldier that can be more stealth than the hovering super drones.
According to the Huffington Post, there is a new drone developed by DARPA, the arm of the U.S. Department of Defense in charge of military technology, that is in the form of a headless dog. In fact, it looks more like some sort of huge bug with legs facing themselves rather than following one another from front to back.
The “LS3″, or “Alphadog” has been described as being faster than Usain Bolt and in a CNET story it reported:
“The four-legged wonder, capable of carrying 400 pounds, easily navigates streams, ditches, and other challenging environments.”
But, with all of the controversy over the plane drones, dog drones aren’t being readily embraced either. Some experts Cara Santa Maria, HuffPost senior science correspondant; Gary Marcus, cognitive scientist; Levi Newman, veteran and chief writer for the Veterans United Network; and Daniel H. Wilson, author of “Robopocalypse” and “Amped”. Gary Marcus gave this critique:
“A robot on the battleground may not be operating with compassion, but it’s also not going to be operating with anger, vengeance, shame. And it could be in the position where its gonna be more able to sacrifice its own life if its in the scenario where it cannot act ethically. Where a human being would fight to live through whatever they’re doing and potentially do unethical things to save their own life.”
He makes a good point, but you check out the robot and tell us what you think?