Troops to be replaced by Robots on the battlefield

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  1. John Gault

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    Terminator is coming...

    Robots to Replace Troops on the Battlefield - Yahoo Finance

    The Pentagon is considering replacing thousands of troops with robots, a military commander said recently, marking the first time a DOD official has publicly acknowledged that humans would be replaced with robots on the battlefield.

    Gen. Robert Cone, head of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, made the comment at the Army Aviation symposium on Jan. 15, according to a report in Defense News, a trade publication covering the military. He said that robots would allow for “a smaller, more lethal, deployable and agile force.”

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    “I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force,” Cone said.

    DOD did not respond to a request for comment on Cone’s remarks.

    Cone also said that one-quarter of a 4,000 troop Brigade Combat Team could be replaced by robots or drones. His announcement comes as the entire Pentagon is shrinking, including troop reductions. DOD officials have said that the size of the force would shrink from 540,000 to 450,000 by 2020.

    The Pentagon and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have been aggressively pursuing robot technology. DOD has already invested billions of dollars with companies like Boston Dynamics, now owned by Google, to develop the technology.

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    So far, the company has developed the AlphaDog robot, designed to haul heavy military equipment for soldiers. Last year alone, DOD spent $7 million on the Avatar Program, which is attempting to find a way to upload a soldier’s consciousness to a robot. It also spent $11 million on a program that is developing robots that act autonomously.

    These robots, combined with the already widespread use of drones and robots to detect bombs, are prompting fears that the human element would be removed from combat. Human Rights Watch and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition concerned that robots could replace humans, have launched preemptive campaigns to ban their use.

    If more advanced robots are used in battle, it would be years down the line. Lt. Gen. Keith Walker told Defense News that widespread use of robots could not occur until the “deep future” - sometime between 2030 and 2040.

    “We’ll need to fundamentally change the nature of the force, and that would require a breakthrough in science and technology,” he said.
  2. rufus

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    Can we do the same with our "leaders"?

    Oh wait, they kind of are robots already. Dang.
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  3. Burt Gummer

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  4. Rix

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    The REAL terrorists?
  5. Burt Gummer

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    By the numbers and civilians deaths I don't even see an argument there. A best buddy now is a terrorist next year, and back and forth, all directed by propaganda anyway. The whole term is BS. Pretty much anyone not willing to kneel before you is a terrorist. Those that do can chop their own people to bits for all we care.

    As for the Robots, Judas Priest said right.

    Machines are taking all over
    With mankind in their command
    In time they'd like to discover
    How they can make their demand

    Better be the slaves
    To their wicked ways
    But meeting with our death
    Engulfed in molten breath
  6. simon99

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    This way politicians only need to hire some 16 year old computer geek to wage war against everyone, including us.
  7. Certaindeaf

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    Medic!, jbett98 and Sstrand like this.
  8. Dungannon

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    I can see that. Robots have no conscience, or need for medical treatment and retirement benefits. Given the US governments ability to keep a secret, the robots will be talking Chinese and Russian in a fortnight.

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