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(Fox News)   Scientist using Velociraptors as inspiration for next generation of robots. Sleep tight   (foxnews.com) divider line 16
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2012-01-05 12:03:35 PM
www.roboraptor-toy.com

Old news.
 
2012-01-05 12:16:34 PM
When will science learn this is a bad idea?
 
2012-01-05 12:18:23 PM
Between the cheetah and bipedal Atlas robots Boston Dynamics is building for DARPA, and now this robo-dinosaur business, I'm thinking we are going to have a full range of robotic soldiers in the field within the decade, and may even see Star Wars style droid soldiers in my lifetime.
 
2012-01-05 12:18:48 PM
Don't worry, if the robots use a UNIX os any 11 y.o. girl can stop them.
 
2012-01-05 12:19:35 PM
images.wildammo.com

Could have modeled it after Philosoraptor
 
2012-01-05 01:15:17 PM
I know I'm predisposed to see idiocy in anything Fox News says, prints, or endorses, but I swear I thought the first line of TFA said "Man-eating dinosaurs..."
 
2012-01-05 01:21:45 PM
Obligatory xkcd link (new window)

/I wonder what the top speed of a velociraptor robot is?
 
2012-01-05 02:10:23 PM

Arkanaut: Obligatory xkcd link (new window)

/I wonder what the top speed of a velociraptor robot is?


African or Asian?

/I, for one, welcome our new cybernetic, saurian overlords.
 
2012-01-05 02:17:46 PM

If you want to know more about this see the sources this story was cribbed from:

1) Science: Tails Guided Leaping Dinosaurs to a Safe Landing
2) Nature: Leaping lizards! Jurassic Park got it right

Those sources have videos and everything.

One video scene that I coudn't google up is mentioned in this quote:

"So Jurassic Park wasn't far from the truth in the scene in which a Velociraptor jumps from a balcony onto an Alamosaurus skeleton. The way the raptor swung up its tail to avoid it landing face first is just right, says Full."
 
2012-01-05 02:58:27 PM

dalovindj: Between the cheetah and bipedal Atlas robots Boston Dynamics is building for DARPA, and now this robo-dinosaur business, I'm thinking we are going to have a full range of robotic soldiers in the field within the decade, and may even see Star Wars style droid soldiers in my lifetime.


The interesting question is whether robots and drones will tilt the balance of power back to the countries with the most resources. For decades now weak countries and terrorists could hope to win the political war by causing as many casualties as possible, even if they themselves lose 10x more. But if all the weaker opponent is doing is destroying robots and no body bags are coming home, morale doesn't sink, political costs are low, and rich countries could theoretically keep prosecuting the war until the robots and drones turn the opposition into dust. We'll see this well within our lifetimes.
 
2012-01-05 03:19:30 PM

fozziewazzi: dalovindj: Between the cheetah and bipedal Atlas robots Boston Dynamics is building for DARPA, and now this robo-dinosaur business, I'm thinking we are going to have a full range of robotic soldiers in the field within the decade, and may even see Star Wars style droid soldiers in my lifetime.

The interesting question is whether robots and drones will tilt the balance of power back to the countries with the most resources. For decades now weak countries and terrorists could hope to win the political war by causing as many casualties as possible, even if they themselves lose 10x more. But if all the weaker opponent is doing is destroying robots and no body bags are coming home, morale doesn't sink, political costs are low, and rich countries could theoretically keep prosecuting the war until the robots and drones turn the opposition into dust. We'll see this well within our lifetimes.


The problem with that is that the technology cuts both ways: It's cheap enough now for hobbyists to make accurate weapons with intercontinental range, that would be very hard to spot.

Getting a skin paint on an object with the radar cross section of a bird is hard enough, but distinguishing it from actual, you know, birds, when it is flying at similar heights and speeds as a bird, would be neigh on impossible. If you took just that exact design, reduced the fuel capacity from 32 ounces to 8, you'd still get 400 miles range, and 24 ounces of payload capacity. That could be explosives, bio or chemical weapons, whatever. It doesn't even have to be militarily effective, it just has to be 'scary'.
 
2012-01-05 03:33:12 PM
To expand upon that thought, I can imagine other delivery methods that are autonomous, and virtually unstoppable.

I mean, if some kids can cobble together an Aliens-type sentry gun out of a webcam, some servos, and a laptop, imagine what someone actually motivated to cause harm could come up with.
 
2012-01-05 04:19:04 PM

Arkanaut: Obligatory xkcd link (new window)

/I wonder what the top speed of a velociraptor robot is?


Seeing as we're talking robots. This one seems more appropriate.

imgs.xkcd.com
So whoever programs these robots, you have been warned.
 
2012-01-05 06:30:06 PM
Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. You get your first look at this "six foot turkey" as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex - he'll lose you if you don't move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, from the other two 'raptors you didn't even know were there. Because Velociraptor's a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this... a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the the middle toe. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular like a lion, say... no no. He slashes at you here... or here... or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is... you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know... try to show a little respect.
 
2012-01-05 07:11:30 PM
"I took natures most perfect killing machine and needlessly turned it into a robot!"

img.photobucket.com

/hot like Debbie
 
2012-01-05 08:42:52 PM
Will they also have feathers?
 
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