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(The Register)   Skynet definitely has a dog - and now lawyer - in this fight. It's getting more human every day   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Robot, Patent, Robotics company Boston Dynamics, United States Air Force, Cease and desist, Robotics, Driverless car, Patent application  
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2022-11-16 10:46:54 AM  
Boeing: "Excuse me Airbus, I notice your aircraft also have wings."
2022-11-16 11:51:05 AM  
[Boston Dynamics]...promised in an open letter co-signed by five other robotmakers earlier this month that it won't allow its machines to be "weaponized" by either itself or its customers.

While I admire the principle behind what they're doing here, it seems completely impractical when it comes to military hardware.  If there's a strategic advantage to be had by weaponizing any technology and there's not an international agreement banning it, someone will do it.  If the advantage is big enough (i.e. nukes) some countries will develop the tech even despite international bans.

If Boston Dynamics succeeds in keeping this out of US & Western militaries, it just means that China, Iran, Russia and others will develop and have access to weapons that we don't.  They certainly aren't going to back away from it just because there's a US patent in their way.

Once a technology that could be used for military purposes is invented, it seems to me that it is practically impossible to prevent it from being weaponized.
2022-11-16 11:57:04 AM  

edmo: Boeing: "Excuse me Airbus, I notice your aircraft also have wings."

Yeah. They've patented walking.

2022-11-16 12:45:42 PM  

edmo: Boeing: "Excuse me Airbus, I notice your aircraft also have wings."

Apple: "Excuse me, Samsung, I notice your phones also have rounded edges."
2022-11-16 12:52:18 PM  
"The way your computerized canine walks down the stairs looks familiar to us, claims MIT spinoff"

you know as if the problem to solve is a physicals based one and that all solutions to such a problem are then likely to wind up at the same physics most optimal solution, cause natural universe and all that.

this is the "innovation" of the market yall, locking down to private ownership that which exists naturally for all.
2022-11-16 3:45:26 PM  
Does it walk down stairs, alone or in pairs?
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