Ground Drones – Be Afraid

13 09 2012

 

Well OK, maybe this isn’t as scary as it seems. But, we think that the implications are potentially scary.  How long until one of these things is designed and programmed to hurt people?

In the 1940s and ’50s, some people would have laughed at the thought of a permanently manned orbiting space station, crewed with people who could whip out a camera and take your picture from 215 miles above your town.

(They really would have laughed when you told them that the station would include both American and Russians, and both men and women.  At least some progress is good!)

But that thought would have terrified some people, the more imaginative types who would envision orbiting outposts as platforms for bombardment, using either conventional or nuclear stores.  Fortunately that didn’t come to pass …

Fast forward to today’s reality, and meet DARPA’s new “ground drone” – a mechanized, automated pack mule robot that automatically follows its human leader around through all kinds of terrain and elevations, carrying up to 400 lbs.

A company called Boston Dynamics came up with this thing.

You have to see the video to believe it – make sure to watch to the end, where you see the thing on its side, then it rights itself.

There’s also a clip at the very end with two of the robots, and they have these sensors of some sort kind of rocking back and forth – kind of terrifying, if you ask us.

 

 

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Massive Ordinance Penetrator

21 11 2011

Good God, they’ve made another in the “mother of all bombs” family of non-nuclear bombs: the Massive Ordinance Penetrator.

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Note the people standing underneath for a sense of scale.

This bomb weighs about 30,000 lbs!  It is a hardened steel bomb that is designed to be dropped from high altitude, giving it enough velocity to penetrate deeply buried and heavily reinforced underground bunkers and facilities – like Iran’s nuke bunkers.

Can you even imagine what it must sound like when it explodes?

Gizmodo had a funny take on the name.  They call it the John Holmes of bombs, ha ha.

It kind of makes me sad to think that many of our nation’s best and brightest minds are hard at work thinking up things like the MOP.  Then again, I shudder to think of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Can’t we all just get along?  Or pretend to, forever?