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US Navy tests robotic fire-fighters

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Fire-fighting robots designed to withstand intense heat are to be tested by the US Navy this summer.

The Shipboard Autonomous Fire-fighting Robot (SAFFiR) has been built by engineers at Virginia Tech and other US universities.

The robots are expected to perform a variety of tasks - balancing, turning valves, picking up and dragging a fire hose and jetting water on the fire.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-26850631

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From the article:

"It makes you think: Why bother with mechanical robots when you can engineer fake human replicants to fight your battles?" asked Meghan Neal. a journalist at Motherboard - a website dedicated to future technologies.

Doesn't the term replicant imply fake? These would be androids. They would need and A-I to function properly. One trhing I noticed is this article didn't say if the new robots are programmed to operate independently or with a human running the controls. If they are running themselves I think we are already at the "fake human replicant" stage.

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A robotic remote controlled fire fighter sounds like a pretty good idea.. to save the lives of human fire fighters

But this part of the article .. is sort of frightening. ..not to mention EXPENSIVE. (and insane I think.)

Synthetic soldiers

Robots are increasingly finding their way into the military. The Pentagon's Darpa (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has a range of battlefield robots and is also working on ways to enhance soldiers' abilities with exoskeletons and uniforms made of smart materials.

This week it announced a new unit devoted to researching the intersection between biology and engineering.

It will look at creating man-made super-materials, renewable fuels and solar cells.

But it has led some commentators to ask if, longer term, the military will also try to create artificial life.

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I always wonder why they build these robots as humanoid. Why not a quadruped? It would be more stable and require less sophistocated gismos to balance. As long as it can get down the hallways and through the hatches I don't see why it needs to be a humanoid.....

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I would be interested is just how autonomous these robots are when working in conjunction with human firefighters simply because firefighters work in teams, where consistent joint training assures a high level of success without injury. Even hauling a hose into a burning structure is typically done as a joint venture with one person making decisions as to where and how best to direct the delivery of water/foam and the other serving as a safety spotter and facilitating the movement of the hose. There are many extenuating situations that human firefighters train that I would find extremely difficult for a robot. For example, highly systematic team searches, in blackout conditions with extensive debris, where feeling for physical contact with a victim in the midst of debris becomes essential -- requires enormous dexterity and subtle motor and sensory cues.

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....Stupid ****ing people.

Giving A.I. to soldier bots?

we all know how this is going to go.

Theres literally no other way this ends.

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