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US Army Robots Will Outnumber Human Soldiers 10 To 1 By 2023

Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Government, Military with 0 Comments

Orwelwasright | Jan 23rd 2014

LS3-alpha-dog_1Talking at a US Army demonstration of autonomous weaponized robots at Fort Benning, Georgia, experts said that “ten years from now, there will probably be one soldier for every 10 robots. Each soldier could have one or five robots flanking him, looking for enemies, scanning for land mines.”

Those are the words of Scott Hartley, co-founder of 5D Robotics, who demonstrated his companies' machines along with Northrop Grumman, QinetiQ, HDT Robotics and other robotics corporations catering to the US military. Harley also added that “robots can save lives.” And indeed they can, helping soldiers survive in a hostile environment and making their lives easier. But, obviously, they are also making them to kill.

According to the organizers, the main core of the event were the live fire demonstrations:

The Armed UGV Live Fire Demonstration will provide selected technologies an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to remotely fire a M240 accurately at stationary targets. These are highly anticipated demonstrations which will draw significant interest from Soldiers and within the U.S. Army Research communities.

The systems that participated in the demo were both autonomous and remote controlled. The robots had to demonstrate their ability to accurately fire the M240 machine gun (pictured below) at targets 800 meters away.

US Army robots will outnumber human soldiers 10 to 1 by 2023

Other demonstrations included firing weapons like the M2 Browning 0.50cal machine gun, theMK19 grenade launcher or the FGM-148 Javelin, a “man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile.”

We are not anywhere near having Terminators with artificial intelligence now. The initial implementations are mostly human-dependent, but we are certainly going in that direction.Talking to ComputerWorld, Lt. Col. Willie Smith—chief of Unmanned Ground Vehicles at Fort Benning—said that “robots allow [soldiers] to be more lethal and engaged in their surroundings. I think there's more work to be done but I'm expecting we'll get there.”

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