US Army Robot Fires Machine Gun, Internet Watches In Horror

US Army Robot Fires Machine Gun, Internet Watches In Horror

Military games that feature robotic combat drones are normally labelled as “futuristic”, or “near future”. Might need to change that to “contemporary” real soon.

This video shows demonstrations by a number of companies, who were recently presenting their combat robots in front of the US military.

Yes, that is a robot firing an MG-240 machine gun. See the chains? That’s just in case it breaks free (though before you freak out too much, it appears that its firing was being controlled remotely by a human being).

As Motherboard points out in a related story, there are now protest movements springing up against this kind of research, comprised of people who don’t need to have played a Call of Duty game to see where this kind of thing is going.

Don’t worry, it’s not all terrifying glimpses of our impending mechanical demise. There are also self-driving golf carts for a dash of comedy.

Robots with machine guns: U.S. Army sees latest gear [ComputerWorld]

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