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(Gizmodo)   Meet DARPA'S newest robot "Cheetah" with a top speed of 28 mph. Be afraid. Be very afraid. (w/video)   (gizmodo.com) divider line 103
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2013-10-04 10:47:43 AM
...want to ride.
 
2013-10-04 10:53:48 AM
Cheetah was the previous version that is hard-wired to power. This version is named Wildcat, max speed 16 mph.
 
2013-10-04 10:58:39 AM

vudutek: Cheetah was the previous version that is hard-wired to power. This version is named Wildcat, max speed 16 mph.


Not quite the 700 MPH on a straightaway that the Rat Things can do, but it's a step.
 
2013-10-04 11:33:27 AM
Put in some super lithium batteries to keep it quiet, and this thing could be really awesome out in the field.
 
2013-10-04 12:05:19 PM
Not afraid. I don't even know anyone with the last name "Connor"
 
2013-10-04 12:11:21 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-04 12:11:45 PM

ArkAngel: Not afraid. I don't even know anyone with the last name "Connor"


Do you wear clothes?  Then it'll be a problem.
 
2013-10-04 12:21:52 PM
Newest? This is, like, the 12th time I've seen an article about it on Fark.
 
2013-10-04 12:24:36 PM
I'm still waiting for a 'bot like Sher Khan from David Gerrold's "War Against the Chtorr" series.
 
2013-10-04 12:28:44 PM
Set.Target = "Terrorist";

return("ERROR: Ted Cruz not found.");
 
2013-10-04 12:39:27 PM

Cpl.D: Set.Target = "Terrorist";

return("ERROR: Ted Cruz not found.");


Try "Gay Joe McCarthy"
 
2013-10-04 12:43:53 PM

clancifer: Put in some super lithium batteries to keep it quiet, and this thing could be really awesome out in the field.


Don't forget claws, teeth, and frikin laser beams
 
2013-10-04 12:46:56 PM
The joints are vulnerable in the prototype.  They probably still will be in the production model.  Unless it's got a quick method of righting itself after it's been knocked over or tripped it should still be fairly simple to take one of these things out even with melee weapons.  Still I would prefer to keep some distance.  Trip it up, entangle it's legs and then set the farker on fire and hope any ammo or fuel it carries cooks off and does the rest of the job for you.  Remember this thing is not going to be a pet.  It's meant to be a weapons platform.  If you see one of these things on American soil and you can't run, do anything you can to destroy it.   The early models will be remotely controlled, so if possible booby trap the remains so that when the recovery team comes to get it, they are at the very least hurt but preferably killed.
 
2013-10-04 12:55:37 PM

clancifer: Put in some super lithium batteries to keep it quiet, and this thing could be really awesome out in the field.


As long as the field is flat, solid and unobstructed.
 
2013-10-04 01:20:47 PM

Dansker: clancifer: Put in some super lithium batteries to keep it quiet, and this thing could be really awesome out in the field.

As long as the field is flat, solid and unobstructed.


Nah, there's videos out there of its cousin, the "Big Dog" I think it's called, climbing over shiat with no issue whatsoever. So they've already figured out that obstacle. It's just a matter of combining the two designs so it can both move fast and climb.
 
2013-10-04 01:22:10 PM
Next step?
 
2013-10-04 01:23:20 PM

The Madd Mann: Next step?


Well that didn't work. Let's try again:

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-04 01:24:50 PM
Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?
 
2013-10-04 01:28:42 PM

ThisIsntMe: Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?


Horses need to be fed and kept healthy. A robot just needs a wrench and a mechanic familiar with its engineering. Plus people these days have an issue with sending horses into warzones.
 
2013-10-04 01:30:23 PM

Esroc: Dansker: clancifer: Put in some super lithium batteries to keep it quiet, and this thing could be really awesome out in the field.

As long as the field is flat, solid and unobstructed.

Nah, there's videos out there of its cousin, the "Big Dog" I think it's called, climbing over shiat with no issue whatsoever. So they've already figured out that obstacle. It's just a matter of combining the two designs so it can both move fast and climb.


If I recall correctly, Big Dog ambulates in quite a different way.
This one looks like it would be foiled by a low curb, and sink up to its knees in sand or in an actual field.
But don't get me wrong, I think its awesome, and if they made a tiny version that would run on a couple of AAA batteries, I would physically force my money into their hands.
 
2013-10-04 01:36:16 PM

ThisIsntMe: Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?


The point is improvement. When they were first invented, the automobile was crap. It was slow, it was weak, it took a mechanical genius to operate, they were terrible. But while machines can be improved far beyond their original capabilities, a horse will always be limited by its inherent... horsiness.

This is what we have now. What do you think we'll have in 15 years?
 
2013-10-04 01:39:11 PM
I wonder if it is as insanely loud as the last one was.
 
2013-10-04 01:40:45 PM

Esroc: ThisIsntMe: Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?

Horses need to be fed and kept healthy. A robot just needs a wrench and a mechanic familiar with its engineering. Plus people these days have an issue with sending horses into warzones.


So this thing doesn't need to be fed? Sounded like a chainsaw. Horses eat what's on the ground and a veterinarian. This thing needs parts, fuel and a mechanic.
 
2013-10-04 01:41:43 PM

The Madd Mann: ThisIsntMe: Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?

The point is improvement. When they were first invented, the automobile was crap. It was slow, it was weak, it took a mechanical genius to operate, they were terrible. But while machines can be improved far beyond their original capabilities, a horse will always be limited by its inherent... horsiness.

This is what we have now. What do you think we'll have in 15 years?


A mechanical horse that needs fuel a mechanic and spare parts and can't breed.
 
2013-10-04 01:43:10 PM

ThisIsntMe:  Horses eat what's on the ground


Have fun with that.

www.nytimes-se.com
 
2013-10-04 01:45:15 PM
Now if we could get it to handle anything other that flat ground, it might be more useful than a slow, energy inefficient go-kart.
 
2013-10-04 01:46:47 PM

Dragonflew: ThisIsntMe:  Horses eat what's on the ground

Have fun with that.

[www.nytimes-se.com image 800x532]


1.bp.blogspot.com

OK, Will do.
 
2013-10-04 01:47:17 PM

The Madd Mann: ThisIsntMe: Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?

The point is improvement. When they were first invented, the automobile was crap. It was slow, it was weak, it took a mechanical genius to operate, they were terrible. But while machines can be improved far beyond their original capabilities, a horse will always be limited by its inherent... horsiness.

This is what we have now. What do you think we'll have in 15 years?


Reminds me of a talk I was having with my 11 year old son the other day. We got into a discussion on computing power. I was explaining to him that 25 years ago, my top end system was an 80286 with a 10 meg hdd, 4 megs ram, 3 1/2 fdd and a vga display...dial up 14.4

My kicking around system these days is i7 quad core extreme, 64 gig DDR3, 8 TB, dual SLI 512 gb, system with a 1080p 27" monitor, 45/4 internet.  And it still cost less to put together than my old 286.

In another 25 years, hopefully I'll be using a quantum system.
 
2013-10-04 01:47:34 PM
May favorite part of the video was when it face-planted.  My gut reaction was "Oooo!  Expensive fail!"
 
2013-10-04 01:49:22 PM

ThisIsntMe: The Madd Mann: ThisIsntMe: Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?

The point is improvement. When they were first invented, the automobile was crap. It was slow, it was weak, it took a mechanical genius to operate, they were terrible. But while machines can be improved far beyond their original capabilities, a horse will always be limited by its inherent... horsiness.

This is what we have now. What do you think we'll have in 15 years?

A mechanical horse that needs fuel a mechanic and spare parts and can't breed.


Yes. And it will go 50 mph, be able to scale small walls, be impervious to small arms fire, detect IEDs, operate in extreme heat and cold, and carry twice its own weight.

Of course, I don't know how much of that will be true, but I can guarantee it will have a better chance of doing any of those things than a horse.
 
2013-10-04 01:50:08 PM

ThisIsntMe: Dragonflew: ThisIsntMe:  Horses eat what's on the ground

Have fun with that.

[www.nytimes-se.com image 800x532]

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x224]

OK, Will do.


So, they eat sand?

I see your point, but technology has to start somewhere. Horses had advantages over very early automobiles too. Good thing not everyone had such a negative outlook.

/when there was no crawdad to be found
 
2013-10-04 01:53:23 PM

indarwinsshadow: The Madd Mann: ThisIsntMe: Explain to me again why we aren't just breeding horses for this shiat?

The point is improvement. When they were first invented, the automobile was crap. It was slow, it was weak, it took a mechanical genius to operate, they were terrible. But while machines can be improved far beyond their original capabilities, a horse will always be limited by its inherent... horsiness.

This is what we have now. What do you think we'll have in 15 years?

Reminds me of a talk I was having with my 11 year old son the other day. We got into a discussion on computing power. I was explaining to him that 25 years ago, my top end system was an 80286 with a 10 meg hdd, 4 megs ram, 3 1/2 fdd and a vga display...dial up 14.4

My kicking around system these days is i7 quad core extreme, 64 gig DDR3, 8 TB, dual SLI 512 gb, system with a 1080p 27" monitor, 45/4 internet.  And it still cost less to put together than my old 286.

In another 25 years, hopefully I'll be using a quantum system.


I'm glad tech ramps up that fast. And if this thing flew I'd agree with you. But even Auto manufacturers agreed you don't just recreate a four legged beast of burden. Only thing that can climb through terrain is something with legs. Unless they get something with legs that can traverse all-terrain at higher speeds than a horse they are wasting time and money.
 
2013-10-04 01:55:59 PM

ThisIsntMe: Dragonflew: ThisIsntMe:  Horses eat what's on the ground

Have fun with that.

[www.nytimes-se.com image 800x532]

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x224]

OK, Will do.


Also, that image is from Morocco. I find it doubtful that a war zone will be within a short walk from the lagoon at Moulay Bousselham, thermal spa towns, nor have an equestrian centre.  Here is the other pic from the same page:

2.bp.blogspot.com

Maybe we can ask the war people to stay in one location so they can build up a little resort around it, and make sure they're near somewhere grassy.
 
2013-10-04 01:59:34 PM

Dragonflew: ThisIsntMe: Dragonflew: ThisIsntMe:  Horses eat what's on the ground

Have fun with that.

[www.nytimes-se.com image 800x532]

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x224]

OK, Will do.

Also, that image is from Morocco. I find it doubtful that a war zone will be within a short walk from the lagoon at Moulay Bousselham, thermal spa towns, nor have an equestrian centre.  Here is the other pic from the same page:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 820x615]

Maybe we can ask the war people to stay in one location so they can build up a little resort around it, and make sure they're near somewhere grassy.


They probably won't. But then again how are you gonna feed your human troops? Food drops? Sounds good. Just throw some grain in there. Or you could toss in a petro distilate for the robots.
 
2013-10-04 02:03:35 PM

Memoryalpha: The joints are vulnerable in the prototype.  They probably still will be in the production model.  Unless it's got a quick method of righting itself after it's been knocked over or tripped it should still be fairly simple to take one of these things out even with melee weapons.  Still I would prefer to keep some distance.  Trip it up, entangle it's legs and then set the farker on fire and hope any ammo or fuel it carries cooks off and does the rest of the job for you.  Remember this thing is not going to be a pet.  It's meant to be a weapons platform.  If you see one of these things on American soil and you can't run, do anything you can to destroy it.   The early models will be remotely controlled, so if possible booby trap the remains so that when the recovery team comes to get it, they are at the very least hurt but preferably killed.


Intrigued, newsletter, subscribe.
 
2013-10-04 02:04:31 PM

ThisIsntMe: They probably won't. But then again how are you gonna feed your human troops? Food drops? Sounds good. Just throw some grain in there. Or you could toss in a petro distilate for the robots.


As technology advances, batteries and solar might be sufficient. You have to start somewhere.
 
2013-10-04 02:08:06 PM

ThisIsntMe: I'm glad tech ramps up that fast. And if this thing flew I'd agree with you. But even Auto manufacturers agreed you don't just recreate a four legged beast of burden. Only thing that can climb through terrain is something with legs. Unless they get something with legs that can traverse all-terrain at higher speeds than a horse they are wasting time and money.


This is a prototype. Anybody can tell the thing is basically an experiment to get the basic gait / leg motions down. It's legs have just enough range of motion to perform a basic gallop and that's it. Once that's perfect they can give it more agility. You seem to be suggesting that because the first iteration can't go 60 mph and have the agility of a tiger that it's stupid.
 
2013-10-04 02:13:34 PM

wraith95: ThisIsntMe: I'm glad tech ramps up that fast. And if this thing flew I'd agree with you. But even Auto manufacturers agreed you don't just recreate a four legged beast of burden. Only thing that can climb through terrain is something with legs. Unless they get something with legs that can traverse all-terrain at higher speeds than a horse they are wasting time and money.

This is a prototype. Anybody can tell the thing is basically an experiment to get the basic gait / leg motions down. It's legs have just enough range of motion to perform a basic gallop and that's it. Once that's perfect they can give it more agility. You seem to be suggesting that because the first iteration can't go 60 mph and have the agility of a tiger that it's stupid.


They've been funding this for 15 years. This isn't a first iteration. By the time it's perfected it will be perfect for hauling carts and wagons over smooth terrain.
 
2013-10-04 02:15:33 PM

ThisIsntMe: Unless they get something with legs that can traverse all-terrain at higher speeds than a horse they are wasting time and money.


For this, I don't think the model will be equines, but something more like a grasshopper.
 
2013-10-04 02:18:08 PM

yelmrog: ThisIsntMe: Unless they get something with legs that can traverse all-terrain at higher speeds than a horse they are wasting time and money.

For this, I don't think the model will be equines, but something more like a grasshopper.


I agree. A drone with extendable legs perhaps. Legs used for landing only. It could fly through a forest and then land in any available space to engage.
 
2013-10-04 02:25:10 PM

ThisIsntMe: yelmrog: ThisIsntMe: Unless they get something with legs that can traverse all-terrain at higher speeds than a horse they are wasting time and money.

For this, I don't think the model will be equines, but something more like a grasshopper.

I agree. A drone with extendable legs perhaps. Legs used for landing only. It could fly through a forest and then land in any available space to engage.


Probably not suitable for combat, too much space and power wasted on tech that would get you to the combat zone and then be useless. It would have to be closer to a superpowered kangaroo. They've got the basic concept for hopping down with the current prototype. Use an internal gyro for balance instead of a tail and you'd be set.
 
2013-10-04 02:29:49 PM

The Madd Mann: ThisIsntMe: yelmrog: ThisIsntMe: Unless they get something with legs that can traverse all-terrain at higher speeds than a horse they are wasting time and money.

For this, I don't think the model will be equines, but something more like a grasshopper.

I agree. A drone with extendable legs perhaps. Legs used for landing only. It could fly through a forest and then land in any available space to engage.

Probably not suitable for combat, too much space and power wasted on tech that would get you to the combat zone and then be useless. It would have to be closer to a superpowered kangaroo. They've got the basic concept for hopping down with the current prototype. Use an internal gyro for balance instead of a tail and you'd be set.


That sounds good. If they would just quit showing us prototype donkeys and dogs that can't turn 90 degrees in a tight.
 
2013-10-04 02:34:44 PM
Why don't they put of quieter power source in that thing?  The weed eater motor really detracts from its coolness.
 
2013-10-04 02:55:35 PM

Krumet: Memoryalpha: The joints are vulnerable in the prototype.  They probably still will be in the production model.  Unless it's got a quick method of righting itself after it's been knocked over or tripped it should still be fairly simple to take one of these things out even with melee weapons.  Still I would prefer to keep some distance.  Trip it up, entangle it's legs and then set the farker on fire and hope any ammo or fuel it carries cooks off and does the rest of the job for you.  Remember this thing is not going to be a pet.  It's meant to be a weapons platform.  If you see one of these things on American soil and you can't run, do anything you can to destroy it.   The early models will be remotely controlled, so if possible booby trap the remains so that when the recovery team comes to get it, they are at the very least hurt but preferably killed.

Intrigued, newsletter, subscribe.


Amused, there isn't one, perhaps write your own?

Seriously though, yes it's pretty cool tech, however the kind of people who will be deploying and using this tech are just the types who shouldn't ever be allowed near it.  Think of the domestic applications not over seas.  Picture a pack of these things used to herd protesters into "free speech" zones or more likely out of them so they can be brutalized and arrested.  Instead of a pig who has a face and can be potentially identified on camera it's just an anonymous drone among a group of them, controlled by people who will have little to no conscience about anything that happens as a result of their actions.  The more layers between an action and a responsibility the more likely bad and worse things will happen.  This is a big part of the reason pigs hate to be recorded on camera when they abuse people.  It's just one step between them and what they've done being known and proven.  With remotely controlled drones there's another step.  Once they're autonomous there is an almost impenetrable layer between act and responsibility because they can just say it was a software glitch.  Yet the damage is done and no one will be held accountable for it.
 
2013-10-04 03:03:17 PM

RexTalionis: vudutek: Cheetah was the previous version that is hard-wired to power. This version is named Wildcat, max speed 16 mph.

Not quite the 700 MPH on a straightaway that the Rat Things can do, but it's a step.


They need an rtg power source.
 
2013-10-04 03:06:21 PM
It looks like a dog that's had it's feet chopped off.
 
2013-10-04 03:06:57 PM

Ed Grubermann: It looks like a dog that's had it's

its feet chopped off.

/You fekking retard.
 
2013-10-04 03:20:10 PM
kenchilds.com
 
2013-10-04 03:21:20 PM
Not to concerned yet.
 
2013-10-04 03:31:27 PM
Anyone else hear the theme from Chariots of Fire during the slow motion parts of the video?
 
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