Military security firm Ghost Robotics has created a mechanical dog capable of carrying a remotely controlled rifle on its back.
The Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR) comprises the weapons company SWORD International’s 6.5mm Creedmore rifle, combined with a quadruple unmanned ground vehicle from the robotics firm.
First seen at the annual convention of the US military in Washington DC, as reported Drive, it is apparently one of the first systems of this kind to have an actual weapon attached to it.
It is unclear how much ammunition is in the gun and how difficult it may be to reload. Ghost Robotics states that the robot dog is commanded to chamber the first round from an unloaded state, empty the chamber, and ‘secure’ the gun (when the weapon is not cocked and no ammunition is present). can be given. It can fire bullets up to a distance of 1200 meters.
The guns used in this array are not widely used by the military or other forces around the world, but the US Special Operations Command is apparently in the process of acquiring more such light machine guns and rifles.
The report said it’s likely that the robot dog’s human operator will be able to fire it using the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), an app that can be installed on tablets and access to on-board video cameras. Might be possible.
It is also possible that it could use artificial intelligence to detect and “lock on” potential targets, although a human operator may ultimately be responsible for pulling the trigger. Being small and robotic, mechanical dogs would be able to fit in places that humans could not.
The effects of such a machine are not yet known, but overall many academics and journalists have written about changes in the war – such as with increased gamification. Xbox controllers used to control Boeing’s high-energy laser mobile demonstrator in a test for the US military – or with a greater distance between the human and their target on the battlefield.
In February 2021 an exhibit run by MSCHF, the Internet collective responsible for providing stock advice based on people’s horoscopes and trainers that contain holy water, attaches a paintball gun atop Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Spot.
It continued that these machines “will certainly be used by the police and military to murder people. And what do police departments have? Strong union! Spot is employee of the month. You’ll never have to bust a robot.” Not required – but a robot union can bust you.”
Granthshala Ghost has reached out to Robotics for more information and comment on such comparisons.
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