On January 20th, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveiled a new upgrade to their ATLAS droid, redesigned by Boston Dynamics.
The robotic enhancement, ATLAS unplugged, will allow the machine to run completely on batteries and not require a safety tether to hold it up.
The new improvements required that 75% of the robot be rebuilt. Only legs and feet were carried over from the original design. So this is almost a completely new beast.
The new droid will come complete with “on-board energy storage, better energy efficiency, much more dexterity and the robot is much quieter than it was before. It also is a little bit stronger so that we can better get off the ground in case it falls.”, said Gill Pratt, program manager for the DARPA robotics challenge.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals will happen on June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.
This technology will allow a tiny group of humans to execute military operations with zero witnesses or accountability.
We trust our humanity to hold each other accountable and soldiers to oust a corrupt commander. What happens when a corrupt government is in charge of a fleet of robots with no moral barometer?
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