It was a teenager bloodbath Mytho. And you know those giant plant pots they kept using for firing cover even after they realised that was a crap idea? .. why didn't two or three of them just tip the soil out them chuck the pots over the top of the robots instead? .. or use ropes somehow, Ewok style?. They were in a mall .. just steal some spray paint cans and spray over their sensor cameras.Terrible acting, awful pulpy script, predictable behaviour, stereotypes... 10 out of 10.
I'm part of the way through watching it - don't give it away!It was a teenager bloodbath Mytho. And you know those giant plant pots they kept using for firing cover even after they realised that was a crap idea? .. why didn't two or three of them just tip the soil out them chuck the pots over the top of the robots instead? .. or use ropes somehow, Ewok style?. They were in a mall .. just steal some spray paint cans and spray over their sensor cameras.
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Killer robots have arrived to Ukrainian battlefields
A new generation of autonomous machines is appearing in Ukraine. They augur a new military era, offering capabilities that far outstrip current weapons
Amid Ukraine’s muddy trench warfare, grinding artillery bombardments and Soviet-era tank battles, a futuristic digital war is waged as the line between human and machine decision-making becomes ever thinner.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, AI-powered drones — both homemade and highly sophisticated — have been deployed on an unprecedented scale on the battlefield. Russia has reportedly used the Kalashnikov Kub and Lancet Kamikaze “highly autonomous” drones. Ukraine has relied on the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 that has autonomous flight capabilities and boasts “laser guided smart ammunition.” The U.S. has committed to sending Ukraine 700 Switchblade kamikaze drones and “Phoenix Ghosts” that use GPS-tracking and object recognition software.
But now a new generation of autonomous machines — colloquially known as ”killer robots” — is debuting in Ukraine. They augur a new military era, offering capabilities that far outstrip the current generation of weapons, and are no longer limited to drones in the sky or sea. They are poised to upend modern warfare and introduce new challenges, lethality and concerns.
In late November, Germany discreetly announced that it would provide 14 tracked and remote controlled infantry vehicles for support tasks as part of this year’s $1.64 billion spent on military support for Kyiv. These unmanned vehicles rely on far superior tech to similar robots used during wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — mostly for landmine disposal.
Estonian military contractor Milrem Robotics, the maker of the Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry Systems unmanned ground vehicles, also called “THeMIS,” will provide Ukraine with units primarily designed for casualty evacuation, an example of how the war in Ukraine is serving as a testing ground for cutting edge, but unproven, technology.
Milrem Robotics CEO Kuldar Väärsi, said their THeMIS vehicles, which can be outfitted with light or heavy machine guns and anti-tank missiles, are “considerably cheaper than a tank” and will be a common sight on the battlefield in coming years.
“As with all new technology, especially technology that hasn’t existed before, concept development and experimentation are needed to see how it fits into the doctrine before large quantities will be deployed,” he said.
What can possibly go wrong?https://www.codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/killer-robots-ukraine-battlefield/
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And this is the link to Milrem Robotics:
There was a time when quadruped robots were only available to deep-pocketed government or corporate clients, but we're now seeing less-pricey miniature models hitting the market. One of the latest, the XGO 2, is the first such mini-bot to sport a robotic arm.
Created by Harbin Institute of Technology spinoff company Luwu Intelligent Technology, the "desktop-size" XGO 2 is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign.
As is the case with other miniature quadruped robots (namely the Bittle and Mini Pupper) the open-source XGO 2 can either be remotely controlled in real time via an app, or preprogrammed by tech-savvy types. It utilizes a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 processor, and is compatible with the Blockly, Python and ROS programming languages.
Future versions will knock people out of the way.They cross roads at pedestrian crossings, waiting for the lights to go red. If you stand in front of one it will attempt to avoid you whilst remaining on the pavement but if it can’t achieve this, it will wait patiently for you to get out of the way. Quite sweet.
Trending? This isn’t twitter. Should be ‘trundling’. Bloody spell check.Was in Northants & saw quite a few of the delivery robots - the Co-op use them. My friends live at least a kilometre away from it & there was one trending down their road.
They cross roads at pedestrian crossings, waiting for the lights to go red. If you stand in front of one it will attempt to avoid you whilst remaining on the pavement but if it can’t achieve this, it will wait patiently for you to get out of the way. Quite sweet.
Doesn't look anywhere near as scary as a Doberman running towards you.a robotic guard dog
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A mind-controlled beer-pouring robot has landed
It began as a fun experiment and is now a successful business. The robot reads your mind and pours a beer for you - in this case, a ginger beer.
You can see it in action at the Open Studio Day at The Watershed in Bristol on Saturday.
Its inventor says they hope it inspires more young people to become engineers.
Video by Emma Hallett