Boston Dynamics, The company that is usually associated with robot dogs, prohibits its arming Spot device. However, this is not the case for all robot dog manufacturers. One of them, Ghost robotics, Showed a version of his Q-UGV device that many feared. It is a robot dog with a gun attached.
Ghost Robotics has created robot dogs for the military and demonstrated this deadly model to the association at the U.S. Army’s 2021 annual conference in Washington DC this week. A company called Sword International has developed the “Special Purposeless Rifle” (or SPUR) module. According to Edge, It has a thermal camera for night operation, with an effective range of 1.2 kilometers (only three-quarters of a mile) and 30x optical zoom.
“SPUR can operate both day and night due to its highly capable sensors” There is a problem with the Sword website. “The Sword Defense Systems SPER is the future of unmanned weapons systems and that future is now.”
It is unclear how autonomous a SPUR-equipped Q-UGV will be, e.g. Popular science Comments. It remains to be seen whether a human operator will take the robot to an otherwise difficult position and manually aim and take shots (which seems more likely), or whether the robot itself will handle everything completely. Either way, this is a volatile possibility, and before that we can get enemy hackers to take control of this machine.
As if a robot dog with a gun attached is not enough dystopian, ghost robotics Tweeted about A Q-UGV with a different type of payload: a Lockheed Martin drone and a Digital Force Technologies recon sensor. Sniper robot dog. Flying robot spy dog. Just looking at the future, isn’t it?
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