• Ghost Robotics strapped a gun to its robot dog

    3 days ago - By Engadget

    Boston Dynamics , the company most commonly associated with robot dogs, prohibits the weaponization of its Spot devices. That's not the case for all robot dog manufacturers, however. One of them, Ghost Robotics , showed off a version of its Q-UGV device that many will have been dreading. It's a robot dog with a gun attached to it. Ghost Robotics has made robot dogs for the military, and it displayed this deadly model at the Association of the United States Army's 2021 annual conference in Washington DC this week. A company called Sword International built the "special purpose unmanned...
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  • War dogs

    War dogs

    3 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Let's talk about strapping guns to the backs of robots. I'm not a fan. When MSCHF did it with Spot back in February, it was a thought experiment, art exhibit and a statement about where society might be headed with autonomous robotics. And most importantly, of course, it was a paintball gun. Boston Dynamics clearly wasn't thrilled with the message it was sending, noting:
    Today we learned that an art group is planning a spectacle to draw attention to a provocative use of our industrial robot, Spot. To be clear, we condemn the portrayal of our technology in any way that promotes violence...
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  • They're putting guns on robot dogs now

    They're putting guns on robot dogs now

    3 days ago - By The Verge

    It's not clear if this gun-equipped quadrupedal robot is for sale, but it's only a matter of time. | Image: Sword International
    Quadrupedal robots are one of the most interesting developments in robotics in recent years. They're small, nimble, and able to traverse environments that frustrate wheeled machines. So, of course, it was only a matter of time until someone put a gun on one.
    The image above shows a quadrupedal robot - a Vision 60 unit built by US firm Ghost Robotics - that's been equipped with a custom gun by small-arms specialists Sword International. It seems the gun itself...
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