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Big Dog, Wild Cat And Cheetah: Meet Google's Brand New Robotic Zoo

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Big Dog, Wild Cat, Cheetah... all names one wouldn't associate with Google (if anything perhaps feline-named Apple operating systems). And yet, the company that is best know for its internet prowess and having more data about the search habits and private interests of each and every computer user than the NSA could ever dream of, is ever more aggressively moving into the animal kingdom. The robotic one that is.

After last weekend, 60 Minutes ran an amusing infomercial of Amazon's latest very forward multiple boosting product development with its delivery drones, Google refuses to lag behind in the futurism department and promptly acquired Boston Dynamics, the creator of the world's fastest running robot, as well as various other realistic animal-like machines supplied to the US military. As the FT reports, "The internet company’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics is latest in a string of robotics acquisitions in a mysterious initiative led by former Android chief Andy Rubin."

Just what robotic critters will carry Google's logo?

Among the creations to crawl, jump and gallop from its labs are Big Dog, a four-legged robot that can clamber over uneven terrain such as snowy forests, even when assailed by kicks from its makers, and Cheetah, which claims to hold the record for the fastest legged robot in the world, running at more than 29 miles per hour.

 

Many of Boston Dynamics’ robots have been developed with funding from the US Department of Defense’s research unit, Darpa, making Google a military contractor, at least for now.

 

Google’s ultimate objective for its growing collection of robots remains unclear but Mr Rubin’s project sits among its so-called “moonshot” ventures, such as self-driving cars and balloons to provide internet connectivity to remote regions.

 

His other acquisitions include Bot & Dolly, a design studio that makes an automated camera system used in movies such as Gravity, and Schaft, a spin-off from the University of Tokyo whose bipedal robots boast much stronger “muscles” than other bots.

 

Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 by Marc Raibert, formerly of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A much-viewed YouTube video shows Boston Dynamics’ four-legged WildCat robot “galloping” and “bounding” around a car park at speeds of 16 miles per hour, before – perhaps reassuringly – falling to its knees on ice.

The response has so far been one of mild amusement: "Which company that owns all our private data and has the motto “Don’t Be Evil” just bought a military robotics firm?” tweeted Joe Randazzo, creative director at Adult Swim, a comedy and satire channel. "‘Don’t be evil,’ he cried, while being chased by the robot hounds," quipped Andy Baio, a tech entrepreneur and founder of the XOXO conference, in a tweet.

One can only hope that in borrowing some robotic folklore from Isaac Asimov, the prime directive of Google's robotic farm will indeed be "don't be evil" or else the amusement will be short-lived.

A quick summary of Google's latest robotic product portfolio:

 

 

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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:02 | 4250270 Divided States ...
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Google is Skynet

Judgment day will be a reality after all.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:05 | 4250284 Skateboarder
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So long as people get up in the morning and go to work on this shit in the way they do, by the means they do, for the people and entities they do... nothing will ever get better.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:11 | 4250308 vxpatel
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eat less meat, buy local/used products...bank with a credit union....poof....the entire charade collapses!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:20 | 4250331 Boris Alatovkrap
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Learn process and formula for distillation of own vodka!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:33 | 4250357 NoDebt
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"Updated March 2010"

That was more than 3-1/2 years ago.  Wonder where the technology is at today.

Prime directive has probably already been implemented:  You may not harm an employee of the Federal Government or by inaction allow an employee of the Federal Government to be harmed.  Everyone else is fair game, though.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:46 | 4250401 hedgeless_horseman
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Sounds just like the hound from the firehouse in Farenheit 451

The mechanical hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live
in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back
in a dark corner of the firehouse.

http://cghub.com/images/view/186203/

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:48 | 4250419 Svendblaaskaeg
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:06 | 4250446 Stackers
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So Androids do dream of robot sheep ?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:22 | 4250573 StandardDeviant
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I'm thinking of the Rat Thing from Neal Stephenson's brilliant Snow Crash.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:06 | 4251210 NaN
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Indeed, but Rat Thing was nuke powered, no stinking chain saw motor.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:44 | 4250413 BKbroiler
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Our only advantage is that it will always be cheaper to produce people than these damn things.  and more fun.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:48 | 4250426 NoDebt
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"Our only advantage is that it will always be cheaper to produce people than these damn things."

You don't have kids, do you?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 20:41 | 4252378 Sokhmate
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He did say produce. Literally, it is cheaper.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:58 | 4250469 chumbawamba
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Our "only" advantage is one the robots will never have: a soul.

The created can never be greater than the creator.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:20 | 4251515 Hobbleknee
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I created my kids, and they are better than me.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:23 | 4251060 vxpatel
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roll your own cigarettes, grow your own weed, brew your own beer...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 20:34 | 4252359 Boris Alatovkrap
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Mine for own copper...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:04 | 4250287 Pladizow
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Unlike the majority of the US military, these RoboPets will have no problem in opening fire upon crowds of US Citizens!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:47 | 4250425 blabam
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You Americans need to get that US military GOOD! mantra out of your head. History shows they willl kill you. They don't need no stinking robots. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:13 | 4250539 LFMayor
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Yeah, because talking to the Nazis got everything sorted out just fine.

"... Peace in Our Time".   

or some shit like that.

All those old liver spotted men in wheelchairs who weren't allowed to go see the memorial erected to them say "You're welcome".

peacnik douche ingrate.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:21 | 4250582 blabam
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Talking to me? 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:55 | 4250732 LFMayor
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Yeah.  You and all the other idiots who would label the US Armed forces as "killers".

i'm going to get the fuck beat out of me on this one by the usual idiots, but hey, it's fight club, right?  So here goes.

Never, never in the fucking history of man has there been an Army that willingly obeys orders to tie their own hands with "rules of engagement" when confronting an enemy like the US Military.  Willingly constrains themselves at great personal risk for the simple effect of killing fewer civilians.  It's always been slash and burn, razed to the ground.  Perhaps the French soldier, serving under Napoleon, who believed he was fighting to liberate Europe from the chains of aristocracy... but that failed, too.  More on this, later.

So your big idea about war is some Hollywoodesque squaring of champions?  One quick shot with a pistol at 200 yards by a special operations ninja bulked out homo and it's over?  No blood, no screaming, no puddles of shit and gore?  Performed by "brain dead" killers?  War is not at all like your fucking video games, son.  

Thes one that always strikes me as the height of hypocrisy:  You have some asshole who in one breath will becry the injustices of "racism", the "tyranny of poverty" and extoll us all to "fight world hunger" but in the next moment castigates and judges twenty something million veterans as brain dead, testoserone fueled slavering killers.  It's possible that it's ignorance that starts it, but then it's taken and used to manipulate by those that seek power. 

Now I'm going to paraphrase a bit from Steven Ambrose, you know, the warmonger author.  He wrote that anywhere in 1945 the US rifle squad in Europe meant blankets, food, medical care, safety.  Instead of rape, lootings, beatings.  It's the caliber of people that make that squad that define it's actions.  They'll kill when they have to, but they bring justice and safety to those who seek it.

So, about that aristocracy.  Well, here, today, it suits them to demonize and fracture by giving you handy little catch phrases and cliches such as "brain dead killer", "military intelligence" for you to seed and repeat and minimize the contributions of humble people of low station who are in fact better human beings than they are.   That galls the would be masters. All their money, influence and power still leaves them short of character and integrity when compared to simple, unwashed lesser being from the uncultured places.

I'll leave you with the illustrious John Kerry, who in his testimonies talked of rape, pillage, slaughter the likes not seen since Genghis Khan.  He lied.  He lied simply to gain political points. Because he is a lesser human, loving only himself and power. Just like untold others in politics, banking, hollywood.

And dumb fucks like you, unknowingly or not, help keep them in power with your mindless fucking parroting.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:03 | 4250753 blueRidgeBoy
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I'll up-vote that

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:24 | 4251070 vxpatel
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patriotic dip shit...why are we in all these wars to begin with? Also, have you heard of carpet bombing?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:14 | 4251251 scaleindependent
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One name: Smedley Butler.

More decorated than you. More trustworthy.

War is a rackett, despite all of your windbagging.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:35 | 4251325 A. Magnus
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Armies EXIST to rob the people at gunpoint for the bankers, you ignorant fucking meat puppet. All your spoonfed, elitist assmunching bullshit propaganda does NOTHING to change that fundamental fact.

What your banker ballsack licking DOES do is show the rest of us what a fucking big government stool pigeon motherfucker and tool you really are...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:57 | 4251432 vxpatel
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Amen.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:23 | 4251535 Hobbleknee
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I wish I had a million accounts, so I could plus one you a million times.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:49 | 4250421 Jumbotron
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"Google is Skynet"

 

"By the time Skynet became self-aware it had spread into millions of computer servers across the planet.  Ordinary computers in office buildings, dorm rooms, everywhere.  It was software in cyberspace.  There was no system core.  It could not be shut down."

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6gPPj8B_nU


 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:55 | 4250947 Freddie
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They are SkyNet.  Bot if I hit that thing with .308 or 12 gauge double O - it is going down. Sadly - guns frighten me.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:59 | 4250271 steelrules
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Nothing that my .338 wouldn't drop from 1/2 a mile away.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:06 | 4250288 ParkAveFlasher
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I thinking a well-placed wad of shaving cream over its "eyes" would do the trick. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:08 | 4250295 Crawdaddy
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MeatTrapper would have these things gutted and on the grill 30 minutes after they were deployed.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:31 | 4250852 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous would have them wokked and served to the luncheon crowd at his JKC (Just Killed Cat) Chinese citizenism fastfood franchise.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:13 | 4250309 fonzannoon
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"Nothing that my .338 wouldn't drop from 1/2 a mile away."

Just wait until they invent a weapon that can hit you from out of the sky. It's coming. One of these days...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:27 | 4250336 steelrules
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When push comes to shove it's not going to be pretty for either side, but I would go to my grave knowing that in the end, the side liberty and justice will prevail.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:25 | 4250348 fonzannoon
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That makes one of us.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:51 | 4250428 Jumbotron
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And just how do you know that liberty and justice will prevail ?  The whole of human history from cave men until today says that you are wrong.  America was an aberration.  It's time has come and gone.

The reset to normal human existence has begun.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:56 | 4251179 steelrules
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Because there's 300 million firearms in the US, because fully 1/2 of the police and military will either take up arms and stand with the people or just go home to defend their families, and that my friend is precisely why the criminals in charge know they need robots and drones. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:02 | 4250272 kralizec
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Just all part of building up SkyNet's ability, nothing to see here, move along!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:02 | 4250273 Dear Infinity
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Why doesn't Ray Kurzweil give this a try on for size? Forget that human suit, we all know you want to be a robot, Ray. Robot Ray.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:37 | 4250645 NotApplicable
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Actually, trans-humanism is THE endpoint of his plan. He hopes to achieve immortality by living long enough to replace his entire biological structure with a manufactured one.

I bet Google is already working on the cloud structure required to emulate the massive parallel processing power of the brain.

Spooky. "Hive Mind," indeed!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:00 | 4250275 giggler321
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What's with the hornets nest buzzing I can hear?  That isn't gonna creep up on anyone with those bees following it everywhere.  They've been designing it since 1992?  Time for a new job eh?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:47 | 4250423 css1971
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The only sane way to generate the power requred to run one of these is from petroleum base fuels. So they have an on board generator.

Sounds like a small 2 stroke; 50cc or less.

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:14 | 4250551 LFMayor
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That makes for a significant heat signature.  Useful to know...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:01 | 4250276 BandGap
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Well, they can't exactly sneak up on you.

If this is being shown to us, they are at least 2 generations ahead. Trust me.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:04 | 4250282 Tanzhosen
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Very excited to see what Google can do with Boston Dynamics.  Those guys have made some just phenomenal machines, the quadroped balancing algorithms are particularly impressive.  It's a shame ZH can only see the imagined dark side :(

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:07 | 4250291 BandGap
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I'm open to any side. What is your point?

What uses do these have in the civilian world?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:09 | 4250302 Skateboarder
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Off the top of my head:

 

- Shooting projectiles at people.
- Injuring, but not killing people.
- Killing people.
- Being a robotic pet.
- Being a robotic killing pet.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:19 | 4250334 replaceme
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+1 for the robotic killing pet ref

I have a standing bet that these will be on battlefields inside of (lucky) 7 years.  Sharks with lasers, throw me a freekin' bone here.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 22:47 | 4252717 MoneyThimbles
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*Flying* sharks with lasers.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:16 | 4250320 Tanzhosen
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The real answer: who knows, that's what makes it so exciting!  Imagine trying to guess what uses the internet had back when computers were text only and ARPANet was only fit for very small data transfers, and there were no protocols for encoding the semantics of that data?

More concretely for the here and now, though, the problem they solved (albeit an expensive solution at this stage) is carrying objects with significant mass across terrain inaccessible or impractical to navigate with wheeled vehicles.  This includes even icy surfaces, stairs, and even scrambling over large pointy rocks.

Does that strike you as solely a military problem?  We still live in a world where the only way to move objects over land without humans is on very specific surfaces and rails.  There is an ocean of efficiency gains to be made here, in ways that we can't even imagine right now.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:25 | 4250346 Race Car Driver
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> Imagine trying to guess what uses the internet had back when computers were text only and ....

 

Oh, there were lots of folks over the years who, even in their wildest imaginations, didn't imagine the surveilence would be so complete, so fast.

It's just about time to abandon this technology before it completely consumes us. Fuck Ray Kurzweil and his vision of eternal electronic enslavement.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:30 | 4250363 BandGap
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I did work for the DoD back in the 80s. Among other things they were working on - improving "communications". Microwave transmittiers were the basis for these "communications". I watched a microwave laser (MASER) burn through 9" of tungsten steel in less than a second during a demonstration of a coherent microwave beam. Pretty much everyone who saw that knew that the damn thing wasn't being looked at for the type of communication that makes living worthwhile.

So, enlighten me as to why animal robotics are a wonderful thing. Perhaps a new level of "communication"?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:20 | 4251269 NaN
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Hmmm, where is the video of someone riding the robot like a horse? It must have been tried.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:41 | 4250403 css1971
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Yes of course...

 

But think just how much mode efficent we would be at killing people.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:52 | 4250943 mumcard
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You thought all those robot war TV shows were for entertainment only?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuB3PyjHQFE

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:45 | 4250412 monoloco
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Armor plated robotic rottweilers that can't be defeated by a poison hot dog. Sign me up!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:08 | 4250292 Skateboarder
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Let me guess - you are very excited for sploogle glass as well.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:21 | 4250335 Tanzhosen
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One of the sheeple, right?  Wish I could be as smart as you and never be optimistic about anything, but that is my cross to bear.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:26 | 4250344 fonzannoon
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Those who wear a smile for an umbrella get their ass soaking wet.

If there was any semblance of rule of law left I might share in some of your optomism. But it's gone. We have a bunch of power hungry criminals running things now. To expect them to harness this technology for the right reasons is unfortunately insane. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:29 | 4250617 U4 eee aaa
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Yes, if they will destroy people lives and enslave them with dollars, why would they not do it with weapons when they felt they had the upper hand?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:42 | 4250406 Skateboarder
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No, I can see that you are an intelligent hombre. All any of us asks is that you remain wary of those whose discretion is evil at best and unplanned-for at worst. Do not be fooled by the veil of consumer electronics. They are the most stripped down, dumbass versions of the meanest, gnarliest, versions of that class of technology realizable. Of course, everything is locked up, patented, and compromised forever.

Want something? Make it on your own.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:51 | 4250437 Race Car Driver
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If you think it's butter, but it's not ... !

 

Scientists have created remote controlled cyborg sperm

"Looking to take advantage of sperm's awesome swimming ability, researchers have cyborg-ized bull semen by positioning them inside tiny metal cylinders that can be steered with magnets. This means we now have a way to control a cell's direction inside the body — a breakthrough that could lead to efficient microscopic robots. (continues at link)"

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:22 | 4250580 LFMayor
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now, let's take these a step further.

launched via aerosol.
burrowing in via orfices, lungs being the most useful ingress.

Robotic round worms.  Drilling away at your pulmonary system.

Coming soon to the OWS protest nearest you.

Nasty ass weapon.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:24 | 4251286 NaN
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The bull semen sellers apparently need more profits?!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:24 | 4250422 Dr. Engali
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History is littered with bodies of people who think like you. People who think that government is benign, and they are looking out for the common good of the iSheeple. The only thing that all governments are concerned about is the consolidation of more power and to protect the 1% from the remaining 99. They will use this technology eventually to put us in our place.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:13 | 4250317 SMG
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Yes the technology is impressive.  But you are forgetting the people CONTROLLING the technology have LUCIFER as their deity.  So that is why we must assume they'll do the worst with it.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:33 | 4250372 eclectic syncretist
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I will taser that motherfucker dead in the street!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:09 | 4250294 1stepcloser
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Its all fun and games until this

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIPCn-aYMoM

 

and this 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuUqpZgHiEE

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:10 | 4250297 steveo77
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NRC Soups up Another Old Boiling Water Clunker, Stop the Madness
Just 6 months after a major error during maintenance that caused a massive water drop in the reactor, and thus an emergency shutdown. XCEL energy instead convinces the NRC that what they need instead of a trip to the woodshed, is to soup up this old 1970 clunker. NRC agreed to let them burn hotter and heavier to increase their profits.
Xcel promised costs of around $100M for the uprate Soup Up….and instead it was $267M over budget. Which the rate payers will have to suck up all the costs for.

Monticello is a Boiling Water Design, the worst design, the one that is destroying the Islands of Japan via Fukushima.

http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2013/12/nrc-soups-up-another-old-boiling-water.html

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:08 | 4250298 Sid James
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More like the feckin' Umbrella Corporation every day.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:35 | 4250381 Cthonic
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CabalCo

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:10 | 4250300 GeezerGeek
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I want to see a Google robot vs. an Amazon drone. Or maybe a flock (?) of drones, based on equal weights. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:10 | 4250301 Drachma
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Introducing DARPA's self-feeding sentry robot.

"We completely understand the public's concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission," says CEO

"Don't let that chainsaw fool you. The EATR robot is being designed for a strictly vegetarian diet."

Robotic Technology Inc. http://www.popsci.com/military-aviation-amp-space/article/2009-07/hungry...
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:09 | 4250303 fonzannoon
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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security Android, when it went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether it would return fully charged....."
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:10 | 4250306 navy62802
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Nothing a 12 gauge slug can't fix.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:15 | 4250310 _SILENCER
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You know, I'm all for cool technology, it's a natural progression of human ingenuity. But in thehands of the very organizations that are udermining human liberty, it's a goddamn dangerous beaker full of some very nasty shit.

Imagine these Hellbots running around tossing .00 at everybody if they won't get on the FEMA busses headed to the Enormodome.  Imagine the Google Micro Spycopters sending these things data so they can arrive like pack animals, servors whirring, pistons hissing, IR scanners reading heat signatures through walls. All to keep you safe.

If we allow these goddamn things on the street, we deserve every ounce of misery they are destined to bring. The Psyop is running already in films like Elisium and the Robocop remake, preparing you mentally for the switch over to AI Police Bots.

I, for one, do not welcome our new Robot masters.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:12 | 4250314 Q-Q-Q
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What hours are they going to be patrolling the streets!

 

That second video is pretty creepy when he attempts to kick it over but I guess if your name isn't John Conner you have nothing to fear :-0

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:15 | 4250323 1000yrdstare
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mount a couple of ma deuces on it and you have some good crowd control...  Now how do I take it out if I am on the receiving end?...hmmm...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:17 | 4250324 q99x2
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Tesla offered similar devices to the military around 120 years ago. They turned him down because robots are an endgame solution for everyone including their manufacturers but espescially for those that deploy them.

Today the build them for money out of greed but in war because of mutual deployment and hacking they are worthless unless of course the intent is a more hostile world.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:42 | 4251355 NaN
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The autonomous part is not just about the lack of remote control, it can also automate supply chain, manufacturing, and finance. Just sit back and watch.
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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:19 | 4250326 cspg
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Oh shit, we're locking up robots in cages

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:18 | 4250332 SheepDog-One
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These aren't new they're years old.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:18 | 4250333 Cannon Fodder
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Last night I was watching "Defiance" - based on the true story of Jews hiding in the woods in Europe during WWII - staring Daniel Craig. I started thinking how that mode of survival and rebellion would not be possible (or becoming impossible). With drones in the sky that can seek out heat sources, see movement from miles, how do you hide?

I really am starting to believe that "technology" is evil and only works to find new ways to enslave us. What about when these robots are networked with drones and other forms of tech?

How do you ever live free or rebel?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:22 | 4250342 _SILENCER
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Exactly my point. In the hands of these loons, this technology is a dreadful weapon, and yes, they will be networked with the aerial sureveillance system. What you're seeing on the videos is years behind, I'd venture, from what really exists.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:34 | 4250383 css1971
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This is exactly what they want you to think, and yet they still haven't pacified Afghanistan.

Technology is "brittle"...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:22 | 4250587 U4 eee aaa
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....and then there are the buddies of humanity: anonymous. I'm pretty sure they have a plan and are monitoring the nursery as we speak

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:03 | 4250758 viahj
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why do you think that "they" want to pacify Afghanistan?  if they did and it turned into rainbow fields and unicorn skittles, "they" would need to remove their troops.  those troops sit between Iran and China for a reason.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:58 | 4251429 Trucker Glock
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You cannot hide...

http://www.dhs.gov/detecting-heartbeats-rubble-dhs-and-nasa-team-save-vi...

“It is anticipated that a commercialized technology could be ready to be used in search and rescue operations as early as spring 2014,” Price said.

I question the "rescue" part.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:25 | 4250350 css1971
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Google just took one step beyond creepy.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:34 | 4250360 comob
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The reassuring part is that when they are viewed through your mandatory google glasses - they look innocuous.  Just keep repeating "Don't be evil"!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:37 | 4250390 Cannon Fodder
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Kind of the opposite effect of the glasses in the movie "They Live"

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:40 | 4250399 Doctor Faustus
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Anyone remember "The Hound" from Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451?

And yes, that is the temperature at which fiat will burn. 

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:40 | 4250407 Svendblaaskaeg
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<-- legs is the future

<-- wheels is the future

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:54 | 4250443 Z_End
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Google Sideshow...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:01 | 4250475 Son of Captain Nemo
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Great!

We won't need American brain dead soldiers on meds to do the killing anymore as we will have an Army of robotic soldiers that will dwarf the standing human ranks of the military to go with those drones.

Convert Detroit's Packard, Chrysler and GM facilities and sell it to SAIC and TATA motors with Grade AAA USD to pay for the cost of production.  It will be like the plants that built B-17s and B-24s during WWII.  "Full tilt" they'll be cranking out a million of these 'four legged' machines in less than 3 months.

And for the ones that don't cooperate we'll have "escorts" to and from free room and board facilities divided into Region(s) with shuttles that run day and night.

Just one more big juicy false flag to get everyone on board and we're in business.

No really? It could happen???!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:03 | 4250477 falak pema
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Meanwhile back at the other zoo the inventors of Stuxnet pretend they have foiled a nation state attack on ALL US computers :

NSA Says Foiled BIOS Cyber Plot - Business Insider

Looks like the Cyber Economy has become  the new frontier, and thus the Cyber CIA/KGB type war is on bigtime! 

Who is trying to go for whose nuts?

Is the NSA its usual reliable self?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:03 | 4250482 tony wilson
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shit toys as cover.

these fuckers are satanists.

these fuckers want you tagged want a track pill inside you with a kill switch.

these fuckers are in the cern saturn project.

negative neutrino projects.

they want useless eaters dead.

they are integral to the transhuman agenda part of the clique and the reason you scum are full of heavy metals and nano fibers in your body but mainly in your brain.

you are getting dumber you dopes.

toys as cover.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:07 | 4250498 Rory_Breaker
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We are the GOOG. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:09 | 4250507 pupdog1
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PULL !

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:08 | 4250512 Duc888
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Meh, stick the brain of the bigdog into this....

 

Now you got something...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2V8GFqk_Y

 

 

Been there, done that 10+ years ago.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:09 | 4250516 giggler321
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One good thing from this; no more poo scooping from the garden - great

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:19 | 4250565 U4 eee aaa
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Hmmm, same company who's CEO was bellowing about the evil of drones?

You know, it is the blatantly hypocritical ones you need to worry about. They are publicly demonstrating that their moral compasses are skewed

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:49 | 4250704 Hongcha
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That's right, it's old footage from several years ago.  I wonder why they are trotting it back out now.

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:51 | 4250714 Maxter
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So now, how  can they say their "Do no evil" motto when they just bough a company that sell robots to the military?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:02 | 4250745 WhiteNight123129
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Here is what we should do:

Burn all the natural forest that still exist and evidently eradicating the wildlife in the area.

Next we grow Palm oil plantations to get biofuels.

Next we build virtual animals which run on biofuels.

THAT IS CALLED PROGRESS BITCHEZ!!!

 

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:53 | 4251402 Trucker Glock
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Palm oils don't grow just anywhere, unfortunately.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:02 | 4250757 Mi Naem
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After our military gets these kind of devices and tests them in urban combat situations, the DHS will make sure that your local police have them, too. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:08 | 4250780 viator
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"Organizations worldwide, from DARPA, the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps to Sony Corporation turn to Boston Dynamics for advice and for help creating the most advanced robots on Earth."

From first page of their website.

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:27 | 4250836 sbenard
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CREEPY CRITTERS!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:59 | 4250879 Blazed
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These Kosher clowns step in and buy up "cheap" with their readily available ethnic-club currency what the tax payers already paid for and others developed, then use it against everyone, brilliant strategy, and works every time against the goyim, look at the Federal Reserve.

"Congress triples budget request to Israel"

http://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/aid.html

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:14 | 4251032 pupdog1
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If one of these things shows up at my door for any reason, I predict that it will end up in Louisville Slugger mode.

Damn expensive cat toy if you ask me.

 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:29 | 4251084 Downtoolong
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For those few minutes a day when you’re not connected to the web with some other electronic device, your new robotic pets will now be spying and reporting on you too, telling Google and its advertising clients (not to mention the NSA & CIA) exactly what brand of cornflakes you eat, how many squares of toilet paper you use to wipe your ass, exactly where you just hid all your gold, and how fast you can run from a robotic pet when it’s remotely reprogrammed to vicious electroshock mode.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:43 | 4251132 ali-ali-al-qomfri
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long bear traps.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:06 | 4251207 22winmag
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"Choot it!"

 

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