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Ivan Kirigin's views on Robotics & Culture: future. perfect. progress.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Is Anything Mightier Than This Sword?

A Tech Central Station story about Foster-Miller's Sword robots. I would tend to disagree that counter-terrorist operations can be done well with anything but human special forces operations, but robots like these will change the entire face of war for ground troops.

This is a welcome change, as ground troops really are the last in line to get the full benefits of advanced tech. Compare causality rates in our current efforts to those of carriers or nuclear submarines, where there is far less risk of injury in asymmetric warfare.

The article is interesting in that the unabashed praise seems quite sincere from the author, a former serviceman. I wonder what he thinks of Foster-Miller's biggest competitor in this arena.

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