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(Yahoo)   You know DARPA, why do we even BOTHER to write dystopian future sci-fi, if you are just going to go ahead and do stuff like this anyway?   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 87
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vpb [TotalFark]
2013-12-19 11:08:45 AM
I think  Atlas is cool.  If we are going to have killer land drones patrolling the streets they should look like this.
 
2013-12-19 11:48:09 AM
Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?
 
2013-12-19 12:00:14 PM
Mid-80s cyberpunk died because reality caught up too quickly.

(that, and Keanu Reeves destroyed the cinematic credibility of the genre)
 
2013-12-19 12:14:17 PM
I think making these robots humanoid is a mistake. I think something more spider shaped would be more mobile, and not have exposed sensors in the "head".
 
2013-12-19 12:31:48 PM

Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?


The nuke required to generate a large enough EMP to take out a robot army works just as well against the fleshy alternative
 
2013-12-19 12:31:51 PM
As long as the killbots have a pre-set kill limit, we'll be fine.
 
2013-12-19 12:32:10 PM
I thought the point of dystopian sci-fi was to give DARPA inspiration for their next project.
 
2013-12-19 12:32:47 PM
The Arc Reactor light in the chest was a nice touch.
 
2013-12-19 12:32:51 PM
As far as I'm concerned, one of the benchmarks for humanoid robots should be the ability to strut to Stayin' Alive like Petman does.
 
2013-12-19 12:33:40 PM

ShadowKamui: Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

The nuke required to generate a large enough EMP to take out a robot army works just as well against the fleshy alternative


s2.hubimg.com

I know that it's Microwave but EMP can also be vehicle portable
 
2013-12-19 12:33:50 PM

Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?


I'm sure that in 1985, EMP grenades are available in every corner drugstore, but in 1955, they're a little hard to come by.
 
2013-12-19 12:34:22 PM
Virginia Tech has a 'killer robot'?

Go Hokies! Especially, you, freshman Sarah Connor with an undecided major, go like the wind!
 
2013-12-19 12:35:46 PM

simplicimus: I think making these robots humanoid is a mistake. I think something more spider shaped would be more mobile, and not have exposed sensors in the "head".


Not to mention looking scary as fark.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-19 12:35:47 PM
Charles Stross recently announced that he isn't going to bother.
 
2013-12-19 12:37:29 PM

lewismarktwo: Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

I'm sure that in 1985, EMP grenades are available in every corner drugstore, but in 1955, they're a little hard to come by.


You mean to tell me that EMP grenades actually don't exist?  They've been in every video game that has anything to do with robots.
 
2013-12-19 12:37:55 PM

ShadowKamui: Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

The nuke required to generate a large enough EMP to take out a robot army works just as well against the fleshy alternative


You don't need a nuke for an EMP. In fact, to kill electronics that are surrounded by metal with only small apertures for entry, you need to use a microwave-EMP device like an explosively-pumped flux compression generator. One of those will generate a pulse that can do the job over a couple-hundred-meter radius.

You can build one of those for maybe a few thousand bucks, according to the papers on a .mil website that I downloaded on the topic a few years ago (for a school presentation, but yeah I was on their watchlists already).
 
2013-12-19 12:39:53 PM

simplicimus: I think making these robots humanoid is a mistake. I think something more spider shaped would be more mobile, and not have exposed sensors in the "head".


I don't Dr. Zin built some pretty good ones.

www.classicjq.com

I think you just shoot 'em in the one big eyeball. Or take away their flying surfboard with aluminum ragtop.
 
2013-12-19 12:40:52 PM

Release the hounds killer robots!

i.imgur.com


Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

That scale would require the deployment of nuclear weapons unless I'm misremembering.

 
2013-12-19 12:41:30 PM
FTFA: You may remember that in Norse mythology and the Nazis' Wagnerian propaganda the Valkyries were the maidens who decided which heroes would be slain in battle.

I thought Valkyries only took the fallen to either Valhalla or Folkvangr to feast and fight until Ragnarok? Cause then it would make sense to name a medical rescue robot that, but not one that went around ripping out neck tendons.
 
2013-12-19 12:42:06 PM

Famous Thamas: lewismarktwo: Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

I'm sure that in 1985, EMP grenades are available in every corner drugstore, but in 1955, they're a little hard to come by.

You mean to tell me that EMP grenades actually don't exist?  They've been in every video game that has anything to do with robots.


septemberclues.info

You can do things like this with vacuum tubes because metal boxes with a specially-shaped vacuum can be made much MUCH bigger than a transistor...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vircator
 
2013-12-19 12:42:07 PM

The bunker's not a place.  THIS is the bunker!


i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-12-19 12:42:11 PM
farm7.staticflickr.com
 /with some clickthru goodness
 
2013-12-19 12:42:22 PM
The only reasonale reason for creating a robot in the form of a human is so that it can infiltrate human society.  You know, like the Terminator.

Other than that, robots should be created to be as versitile and mobile as possible.  No restrictions.
 
2013-12-19 12:42:33 PM

simplicimus: I think making these robots humanoid is a mistake. I think something more spider shaped would be more mobile, and not have exposed sensors in the "head".


Check out Big Dog or the Cheetahs. There are also a ton of cool robots that are on treads or wheels. Roboticists are designing all sorts of platforms. The humanoid ones, though, are mostly about conquering certain engineering challenges, like running or climbing stairs.
 
2013-12-19 12:42:57 PM
That was a thoroughly uninformative article which was written for the sole purpose of publishing that headline as trollbait. aka: the entire existence of Yahoo
 
2013-12-19 12:43:49 PM

lewismarktwo: Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

I'm sure that in 1985, EMP grenades are available in every corner drugstore, but in 1955, they're a little hard to come by.


not really.  Take apart an old Microwave oven, add a few parts from your local Radio Shack and Viola! you got yer very own home-brewed Cyborg Stopper:
hacknmod.com
 
2013-12-19 12:47:14 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: simplicimus: I think making these robots humanoid is a mistake. I think something more spider shaped would be more mobile, and not have exposed sensors in the "head".

I don't Dr. Zin built some pretty good ones.

[www.classicjq.com image 360x240]

I think you just shoot 'em in the one big eyeball. Or take away their flying surfboard with aluminum ragtop.


Christ!  That was from Johnny Quest!  That spider thingy was one of my favorite episodes!
/I'm old!!
 
2013-12-19 12:48:56 PM

Magorn: lewismarktwo: Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

I'm sure that in 1985, EMP grenades are available in every corner drugstore, but in 1955, they're a little hard to come by.

not really.  Take apart an old Microwave oven, add a few parts from your local Radio Shack and Viola! you got yer very own home-brewed Cyborg Stopper:
[hacknmod.com image 476x354]


It'll also stop your neighbor's dog from shiatting in the petunias.
 
2013-12-19 12:49:26 PM
I'm not particularly worried.  I have insurance.

Because Robots are strong.

rlv.zcache.com
 
2013-12-19 12:50:11 PM
FTFA:

 the Valkyries were the maidens who decided which heroes would be slain in battle

Valkyrie did not decide who would be slain, they ferried the dead who were slain to Valhalla. Get it straight, you nudnik.
 
2013-12-19 12:51:26 PM

bikerbob59: TheShavingofOccam123: simplicimus: I think making these robots humanoid is a mistake. I think something more spider shaped would be more mobile, and not have exposed sensors in the "head".

I don't Dr. Zin built some pretty good ones.

[www.classicjq.com image 360x240]

I think you just shoot 'em in the one big eyeball. Or take away their flying surfboard with aluminum ragtop.

Christ!  That was from Johnny Quest!  That spider thingy was one of my favorite episodes!
/I'm old!!


I posted a small one. I couldn't sleep under a light bulb for a long time. Used to have nightmares about that thing into my 20's.
 
2013-12-19 12:52:17 PM
Preview lies!

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-19 12:52:55 PM

Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?


Even if that's the case, isn't that preferable to an army of humans being taken out by artillery/nukes? No one is suggesting that drones are invincible/perfect (I hope).

EMPs are already a theoretical problem with the tech our soldiers already rely on. Still worth researching (depending on your POV).
 
2013-12-19 12:53:46 PM
img.fark.net
 
2013-12-19 12:54:15 PM
I just thought the creators were Macross fans...

No?
 
2013-12-19 01:02:25 PM
Is there a more appealing dystopia than Brave New World?

/free drugs and promiscuous women, FTW!
 
2013-12-19 01:06:37 PM

calbert: [img.fark.net image 389x219]


Great, today I decided to eat a poppy seed bun, them seeds are everywhere now.

Magorn: lewismarktwo: Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

I'm sure that in 1985, EMP grenades are available in every corner drugstore, but in 1955, they're a little hard to come by.

not really.  Take apart an old Microwave oven, add a few parts from your local Radio Shack and Viola! you got yer very own home-brewed Cyborg Stopper:
[hacknmod.com image 476x354]


Looks more like sheet metal from Home Depot is what you need there...

The magnetron is in the base and there's a fan, right? Did you try casting your own paraffin lens to try to focus the beam? I wonder if the canning paraffin is pure enough for that?

Excuse me, someone's at the door...
 
2013-12-19 01:06:44 PM

durbnpoisn: The only reasonale reason for creating a robot in the form of a human is so that it can infiltrate human society.  You know, like the Terminator.

Other than that, robots should be created to be as versitile and mobile as possible.  No restrictions.


They need familiar attributes to become socially acceptable. Hence the "human" form.
 
2013-12-19 01:11:04 PM
Google has bought eight robotics companies so this might be a thing.
 
2013-12-19 01:11:21 PM

nyseattitude: durbnpoisn: The only reasonale reason for creating a robot in the form of a human is so that it can infiltrate human society.  You know, like the Terminator.

Other than that, robots should be created to be as versitile and mobile as possible.  No restrictions.

They need familiar attributes to become socially acceptable. Hence the "human" form.


Fine, make them dog shaped. Four legged stability and versatility, low center of gravity. all in all, less likely to fall over.
 
2013-12-19 01:12:33 PM

CaptainBeer: FTFA:

 the Valkyries were the maidens who decided which heroes would be slain in battle

Valkyrie did not decide who would be slain, they ferried the dead who were slain to Valhalla. Get it straight, you nudnik.


the old Sagas use the poetic phrase "choosers of the slain" to describe Valkyries.   Essentially they flew over battlefields (usually manifesting as the Northern Lights) and if they saw a guy fight particularly bravely and then take a potentially fatal wound, it was up to them whether he lived or got taken up to Valhalla to become the newest recruit in Odin's All-star army  he was building to kick some Jotun ass on Ragnorak
 
2013-12-19 01:14:25 PM

neversubmit: Google has bought eight robotics companies so this might be a thing.


We Should have seen it coming long ago, and it is basically too late now, but it's utterly clear to ME at least that Skynet is nothing more than Google 2.0

/hail the resistance, long live humanity
 
2013-12-19 01:15:34 PM
I forgot my link

Google Buys Boston Dynamics in Sensational Eighth Robotics Acquisition

http://singularityhub.com/2013/12/16/google-buys-boston-dynamics-in- se nsational-eighth-robotics-acquisition/

"AI is about manipulating information with precision and being able to do pattern recognition," Jacobstein told us, "Robotics is about manipulating matter."
 
2013-12-19 01:16:46 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: calbert: [img.fark.net image 389x219]

Great, today I decided to eat a poppy seed bun, them seeds are everywhere now.

Magorn: lewismarktwo: Slaxl: Won't an army of robots be easily taken out by EMP? How much protection can you put on them against that sorta thing?

I'm sure that in 1985, EMP grenades are available in every corner drugstore, but in 1955, they're a little hard to come by.

not really.  Take apart an old Microwave oven, add a few parts from your local Radio Shack and Viola! you got yer very own home-brewed Cyborg Stopper:
[hacknmod.com image 476x354]

Looks more like sheet metal from Home Depot is what you need there...

The magnetron is in the base and there's a fan, right? Did you try casting your own paraffin lens to try to focus the beam? I wonder if the canning paraffin is pure enough for that?

Excuse me, someone's at the door...


Basically right. Not mine, I should hasten to add for the Benefit of our NSA monitors, but I know guys who have built even bigger ones.   The biggest was built with the Idea to reign in a neighbor with a particularly obnoxious "boom Car"
 
2013-12-19 01:17:16 PM
bonus: Florida.
 
2013-12-19 01:18:41 PM
www.jeffbots.com
 
2013-12-19 01:21:30 PM

calbert: [img.fark.net image 389x219]


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-12-19 01:23:14 PM

vpb: I think  Atlas is cool.  If we are going to have killer land drones patrolling the streets they should look like this.


i1225.photobucket.com
What an Atlas might look like.
 
2013-12-19 01:23:53 PM

Magorn: neversubmit: Google has bought eight robotics companies so this might be a thing.

We Should have seen it coming long ago, and it is basically too late now, but it's utterly clear to ME at least that Skynet is nothing more than Google 2.0

/hail the resistance, long live humanity



Avogadro Corp The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears

An e-book I read about a A.I. that took over the world but stayed in the background so only a few knew. And all they were trying to build was a better e-mail system. What spellcheck did for word processors or something along those lines.
 
2013-12-19 01:24:13 PM

simplicimus: nyseattitude: durbnpoisn: The only reasonale reason for creating a robot in the form of a human is so that it can infiltrate human society.  You know, like the Terminator.

Other than that, robots should be created to be as versitile and mobile as possible.  No restrictions.

They need familiar attributes to become socially acceptable. Hence the "human" form.

Fine, make them dog shaped. Four legged stability and versatility, low center of gravity. all in all, less likely to fall over.


http://www.bostondynamics.com/robot_bigdog.html
 
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