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Giant Beetle Robot From Japan

It took 11 years for a Japanese man from Ibaraki to build this behemoth. When the robots take over the globe, this is the kind of machinery that we’re going to need to fight back. The only down side to this mechanical beast is that it is very slow. This robot monster beetle would probably fall in battle right away, but it is a step in the right direction. I’m glad to see that giant fighting robots will soon be a reality.

This model, which is named the MX-03, is the third version of the giant robot beetle. Let’s just hope the creator isn’t also into artificial intelligence research.

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Sunday, August 9th, 2009 robots 1 Comment

Living Safely with Robots, Beyond Asimov’s Laws

In 1981, a 37-year-old factory worker named Kenji Urada entered a restricted safety zone at a Kawasaki manufacturing plant to perform some maintenance on a robot. In his haste, he failed to completely turn it off. The robot’s powerful hydraulic arm pushed the engineer into some nearby machine, making Urada the first recorded victim killed by Robot

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Google Chrome Developers On Browser Security

CowboyRobot writes “Developers of Google’s Chrome browser have spoken up in an article describing their approach to keeping the browser secure, focusing on minimizing the frequency, duration, and severity of exposure. One tool Chrome uses is a recently open-sourced update distribution application called ‘Omaha.’ ‘Omaha automatically checks for software updates every five hours. When a new update is available, a fraction of clients are told about it, based on a probability set by the team. This probability lets the team verify the quality of the release before informing all clients.'”

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Google Chrome Developers On Browser Security

CowboyRobot writes “Developers of Google’s Chrome browser have spoken up in an article describing their approach to keeping the browser secure, focusing on minimizing the frequency, duration, and severity of exposure. One tool Chrome uses is a recently open-sourced update distribution application called ‘Omaha.’ ‘Omaha automatically checks for software updates every five hours. When a new update is available, a fraction of clients are told about it, based on a probability set by the team. This probability lets the team verify the quality of the release before informing all clients.'”

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Air Force Planning New Drone Fleet For Pakistan

mattnyc99 writes “With tensions high on the border, a new commander in Afghanistan, and complaints of civilian deaths from robotic US strikes in Pakistan raising anti-American sentiment, the Air Force is sketching out concepts for new robotic hitmen, reports Esquire.com. Among the new drones (which are all very small) are the Suburb Warrior (loaded with four or five mini missiles for semi-urban environments), the Sniper targeting system (“that can lock on to multiple targets, allowing a single drone pilot to coordinate the attacks of a squadron of robots”), and a backup fleet of flying buggies that act as suicide-bomber snipers. From the article: ‘Picking through the dozens of systems in this briefing, many of which will be flight-tested within five years, there’s a clear set of goals: build smaller, even microscopic drones with smaller weapons that can hunt in swarms and engage targets in the close quarters of urban battlefields. And hunt as soon as possible.'”

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1st Look: Pentagon’s Robot Plan Won’t Piss Off Pakistan

Sneak peek at the Air Force roadmap to better airborne drones — flying multi-missile hitmen, floating multi-target guidance systems, flapping suicide bombers — and how they can zero in on Al Qaeda without costing civilian casualties, or costing Hillary her job.

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Homemade Mecha Is Lonely Without Other Mechas to Beat Up On

Carlos Owens wanted a giant metal robot that would mimic his movements while he sat inside it. And since no one was about to build him one, he built it himself.

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Wired for War

stoolpigeon writes “The US Army’s Future Combat Systems program calls for one third of their fighting strength to be robots by 2015. The American pilots seeing the most combat in Iraq and Afghanistan right now do so from flight consoles in the United States, and they are controlling Predator unmanned vehicles. Every branch of the US military has aggressive robotics programs in place. This is not anything unusual. Other nations are also developing and purchasing robotic systems designed to be used in combat. Advances in communications, software and hardware make it inevitable that robotics will have a profound effect on conflict in the future. The development of these systems has been rapid, and while technology hurtles forward, culture and understanding seem to lag behind. Similar to the way our legal codes are playing catch up with new technologies, combat-enabled robots raise questions and issues that did not even exist a short time ago. Wired for War by Dr. P. W. Singer is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested to dive into just what is going on all over the world with regards to robotics and their use by the military.” Read below for the rest of JR’s review.

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DIY 18-ft.-High Robotic Exoskeleton

Hacx sends along a piece from PopSci that begins “Carlos Owens had handled all kinds of machines as an army mechanic, but he always dreamed of using those skills for one project: his own ‘mecha,’ a giant metal robot that could mirror the movements of its human pilot. Owens, 31, began building an 18-foot-tall, one-ton prototype at his home in Wasilla, Alaska, in 2004. Working without blueprints, he first built a full-scale model out of wood. Moving on to steel, he had to devise a hydraulics system that would provide precisely the right leverage and range of movement. He settled on a complex network of cables and hydraulic cylinders that can make the mecha raise its arms, bend its knees, and even do a sit-up. … He foresees mechas having uses in the military and the construction industry, but acknowledges that right now they’re best suited to entertainment. The first application he has in mind: mecha-vs.-mecha battles, demolition-derby style.”

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Pleo Robot Dinosaur Back From Extinction

robotsrule sends in a follow-up to our earlier discussion of the bankruptcy of Ugobe, maker of the Pleo robotic dinosaur: “Jetta Company Limited, based in China and Hong Kong, the company that manufactured the Pleo baby robot dinosaur for Ugobe, has bought the intellectual property rights and other assets at the Ugobe bankruptcy sale that occurred on May 21. Jetta is an established company with a 32-year history in manufacturing. They have issued a short press release announcing Pleo’s rebirth. Steve Ohler, the US liaison for Jetta, confirmed the news, saying that the company is firmly committed to re-launching Pleo and continuing the line including producing accessories such as the vital battery and charger components. Jetta, as the original manufacturer, is the best possible company to have acquired Ugobe’s intellectual property and to announce plans to re-launch Pleo. Ohler remarked that all of the equipment needed to produce Pleos and accessories is still intact and ready to go.”

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