Friday, July 12, 2013

Mordor's New Fiendish Creation

Robot soldiers:

'DARPA, the technological arm of the Pentagon, unveiled its latest humanoid robot this week, demonstrating how the 7ft 4″ tall beast can dodge obstacles and act intelligently to stay upright, even when knocked off balance by heavy weights.

'The robot, named ATLAS, presumably after the primordial Titan of astronomy and navigation who held up the celestial sphere, was designed by long time DARPA subsidiary Boston Dynamics.'

This is the Yankee ingenuity we Americans are supposed to celebrate since it will keep our flesh-and-blood soldiers away from the dangers of the battlefield.  But if men with consciences have difficulty refraining from excesses during war, how can we be confident that a machine with no conscience will not commit worse outrages?

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