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Korea To Build Front-line Combat Robot

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the johnny-5-gets-a-gun dept.

Robotics 293

christchurch wrote to mention the story of a plucky Korean robot that has been built for combat. From the article: "According to design blueprints released during a meeting of science-related ministers, the robot will have six or eight extendable legs with wheels allowing it to move like an insect over uneven terrain. The robot will be armed with various weapons and will operate both by remote control and its own artificial intelligence system"

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Dupe.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642446)

Dupe of url url url url, Dupe of url url url url.

Re:Dupe.... (0, Offtopic)

Slashdot_Gandhi (912342) | about 9 years ago | (#13642586)

Here is the correct line: Defense and communications technicians will team up to develop a mobile combat robot to fight against human soldiers on the battlefield, the government said Wednesday.

has to be said. (2, Funny)

indy_Muad'Dib (869913) | about 9 years ago | (#13642447)

may i be the first to welcome out 8 leggeded robotic overlords.

Re:has to be said. (1)

Andy Gardner (850877) | about 9 years ago | (#13642515)

and, may I be the first to welcome in 8 leggeded robotic overlords!

Re:has to be said. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642522)

To paraphrase someone: Just because you can say a thing, it doesn't necessarily follow that you must.

Re:has to be said. (2, Funny)

BottleCup (691335) | about 9 years ago | (#13642524)

yes and after the AI in the robots decide they dont need humans anymore and take over administration, I can just see the headlines now:

Combat Robots Got Seoul!

Re:has to be said. (1)

Drooling Iguana (61479) | about 9 years ago | (#13642714)

Were they cured by gypsies or did they travel to Africa and pass a series of trials?

Re:has to be said. (1)

SCVirus (774240) | about 9 years ago | (#13642581)

...and may i be the first to say farewell to our artificially-unintelligent dupe-o-matic zonkbot.

Re:has to be said. (1)

Joe Random (777564) | about 9 years ago | (#13642590)

may i be the first to welcome out 8 leggeded robotic overlords.
Only old Koreans welcome their 8-legged robotic overlords.

Re:has to be said. (1)

double-oh three (688874) | about 9 years ago | (#13642690)

Perhaps it has to be said, but I wish it had to be said grammatically.

Re:has to be said. (1)

PlacidPundit (881182) | about 9 years ago | (#13642723)

No, it doesn't.

Constantly hearing about combat-bots (4, Insightful)

aussie_a (778472) | about 9 years ago | (#13642450)

We're constantly hearing about combat robots, but are any in use? The only ones I know of being in use are reconnaisance robots (of numerous types) and bomb-defusing robots.

Are there any bots out there that are designed to shoot people? I'm constantly hearing about designs for them, but I've never heard of them being put to use.

Yes (5, Interesting)

Solr_Flare (844465) | about 9 years ago | (#13642502)

Yes, the USA, if I recall properly, has variations of their spy drone planes that are equipped with missle launchers. Likewise, there was an article a few months back about the US getting ready to deploy a heavily armed remote control tank-bot for "testing" in Iraq.

But, to date we have not yet equipped, to public knowledge, a robot with weaponry that is not purely remote controlled. Armed AI robots make people nervous, and for a variety of good reasons given our state of "AI".

Of course, we aren't talking a Skynet situation here(although some day that will likely be technically possible). Its more like not wanting a blue screen of death to literally kill you.

Re:Yes (1)

TykeClone (668449) | about 9 years ago | (#13642566)

The drones are expensive remote controlled airplanes - they don't really qualify as a robot.

Re:Yes (2, Insightful)

ergo98 (9391) | about 9 years ago | (#13642623)

The drones are expensive remote controlled airplanes - they don't really qualify as a robot.

Why not? While one traditional definition is, err, "human like", another is quite simply a remote controlled or autonomous mechanical device. A remote controlled jet qualifies. Indeed last I heard some of those jets fly autonomous routes, triggering alerts for suspect objects, but it would just be a software change for it to start (Crazily) shooting stuff itself.

If equipped with an autoloader, I would imagine that equipping an M1A2 with remote control would be very much achievable as well. Surprized that hasn't been done already.

Depends on your definition of robot (2, Interesting)

Solr_Flare (844465) | about 9 years ago | (#13642613)

Most people call various expensive remote controlled devices "robots". If I make remote controlled spider vehicle is that any more a robot than a remote controlled plane? Does it have to walk on the ground to be a robot?

Or, is a robot defined by it's AI? If so, how much control does the AI need to have to make it a robot? How sophisticated does it need to be? Depending on how loosely you define AI, you could call some modern cars robots.

Then, after you define "robot" the next question is does the article writer using the same definition as you when they say robot?

It's not that I'm arguing with you so much as I'm just saying the term robot is very "fuzzy" these days, especially in the military arena.

The AI must be really good. (1)

chub_mackerel (911522) | about 9 years ago | (#13642510)

I'm sure it'll be even better than human soldiers at making judgment calls like "threat or civilian?"

Or, at least... I'm sure it will be more efficient at making these judgment calls...

Re:The AI must be really good. (1)

aussie_a (778472) | about 9 years ago | (#13642529)

Does the Korean government even care about determining whether people they shoot are civilians or not?

Re:The AI must be really good. (1)

chub_mackerel (911522) | about 9 years ago | (#13642549)

Well, for that matter, distinguishing between SK troops and others is... MILDLY important, as well.

Re:The AI must be really good. (2, Funny)

russianspy (523929) | about 9 years ago | (#13642591)

I doubt it is going to be THAT sophisticated. People running this way (and shouting are OK), people running the other way (either attacking troops OR your own defecting troops) are to be shot. Easy, eh?

Re:Constantly hearing about combat-bots (5, Funny)

slashdotnickname (882178) | about 9 years ago | (#13642595)

Are there any bots out there that are designed to shoot people?
Yes, my aimbot is capable of clearing out a room of them.

Re:Constantly hearing about combat-bots (3, Informative)

jkuff (170923) | about 9 years ago | (#13642627)

There are many Military Robots [wikipedia.org] that have been actively used in the past. Most of them are drones for mapping or reconnaissance. Note that the Ottawa Treaty [wikipedia.org] of 1999 forbids the production of armed autonomous robots, but South Korea obviously refused to sign the treaty (as did China, Russia, the US, and about 40 others).

The US has used the PackBot [irobot.com] in combat situations, but I believe it has never had munitions mounted on it. It looks like iRobot's vacuum cleaning and navigation technology in the Roomba [irobot.com] can be reused to "sweep" for land mines in a minefield.

Re:Constantly hearing about combat-bots (4, Interesting)

globalar (669767) | about 9 years ago | (#13642640)

Well, we can certainly mount guns on things and shoot remotely. The current, long-developing trend in military warfare is towards smaller, versatile units that are hard to pin down but are extremely coordinated. Hive-like would be a wet-dream, but I'm sure beaurocrat is having such a dream as we speak. Bottom line, robots don't yet play into this dream. They are really only good as disposable long-range swiss-army knives. This will improve over time, of course. And as you read, the border patrol part is a focus as well.

This particular focus from SK seems to be a politically-pushed idea. Perhaps similar to the U.S. Star Wars idea in the 1980's (i.e. makes people happy, makes some contractors rich). North Korea weighs heavily on SK citizen's minds, partly because they hear so much crazy, horrible stuff about what happens in the country. Remember there is a huge infrantry deployment (for U.S. particularly) along the North Korean border, so any press about being able to one day replace these forces with robots is good press (who will hopefully just be sentrys really, because no one south of the meridian wants war).

Also, the South Koreans are fairly keen on technology in general, similar to the Japanese. Like all of us, they love to find excuses to play with robots and grant government contracts. The SK government has invested heavily in certain industries in the past and now the market seems to be sensing the technological shift. Yesterday (way back) the hot things were conventional transport like shipbuilding. Today its robots. So the story goes, if you can get a copy of the student roster at MIT, you can find out just what the South Koreans want to become leaders in. Though, I would add a few Japanese and Chinese schools to the list now as well.

Seeking vict-- Volunteers (1)

banzaimonkey (917475) | about 9 years ago | (#13642644)

Are there any bots out there that are designed to shoot people? I'm constantly hearing about designs for them, but I've never heard of them being put to use.

Yes, yes there are. They're just looking for volunteers to test them.

Re:Constantly hearing about combat-bots (1)

craXORjack (726120) | about 9 years ago | (#13642656)

Are there any bots out there that are designed to shoot people? I'm constantly hearing about designs for them, but I've never heard of them being put to use.

Well, there was Boilerplate [bigredhair.com]

Re:Constantly hearing about combat-bots (2, Interesting)

LnxAddct (679316) | about 9 years ago | (#13642681)

The U.S. already uses several robots in battle with them, mostly drones for mapping things. Some drones have missiles. There is also a smaller land robot that infantry can carry with them to inspect suspicious areas. There are easily about 500 other forms of robots on the drawing boards among various defense contractors. The idea is that robots can be made in any number and are dispensable, so eventually a soldier should be replaced by a robot. The robots we know exist are most likley nothing compared to what is behind closed doors. We often don't hear about the really good stuff until its about 50 to 75 years passed. With something like a robot that can fight as a soldier can, the U.S. probably would keep that under tight secrecy until the public needed to know(i.e. because we needed to use them for a large scale war). Something like that is not something you want your enemies to know about. As it is right now, if we ever had to battle a country like China where the government literally controls how many think and act and at the drop of a dime could send billions of people to war, we would need to scale up our forces, robots are the answer. One popular robot idea in the early research phase is obviously autonomous vehicles, as is shown by DARPA's annual grand challenge.
Regards,
Steve

Re:Constantly hearing about combat-bots (1)

kangman (748644) | about 9 years ago | (#13642688)

Isn't the Predator drone a remote controlled bot that shots missle projectiles at targets? As well as reconnisance?

I'll be baac (3, Funny)

AdityaG (842691) | about 9 years ago | (#13642454)

Now we just wait for the naked guys to drop outta the sky...

Moderation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642715)

Yes, I know, you might not have found it funny, but why flamebait? Anyone know?

It was only a matter of time (1)

Rod76 (705840) | about 9 years ago | (#13642457)

The machines becames selfaware at 09:00 May 2007 Ok not the best Terminator line, but I tried...

Re:It was only a matter of time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642509)

Because of our increased reliance on computers to tell us the date, noone is really sure exactly what time and day of the month it happened on, only that it was probably around 9 am, sometime in May.

Re:It was only a matter of time (1)

simba22 (915268) | about 9 years ago | (#13642611)

no...not from where i am sitting i'd say you didn't try hard enough... you are dismissed now.

Re:It was only a matter of time (1)

Inaffect (862616) | about 9 years ago | (#13642659)

Judgement Day is inevitable! Cyberdyne was simply outsourced to Korea 5 years ago!

Like it needs to be said... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642459)

I know it's been said a million times, but...

I for one welcome our new robot overlords. And, like the bumper stickers from lsdiodes.com says "robots WILL kill you".

Bottom line.. (2)

Joey Patterson (547891) | about 9 years ago | (#13642460)

Do not trust the pusher robot. He's malfunctioning.

uh oh (0, Offtopic)

Craptastic Weasel (770572) | about 9 years ago | (#13642463)

Anyone remember this :

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105629/ [imdb.com]

I am glad to see all those years of playing video games will pay off... now... I wonder if these things will have an easter egg in them...
U,U,D,D,L,R,L,R,B,A.. BAM! unlimited ammo!!!

Minor clarification (5, Informative)

dtfinch (661405) | about 9 years ago | (#13642473)

South Korea To Build Front-line Combat Robot.

Some people think "North" when they hear about Korean military stuff.

Re:Minor clarification (1)

mwilli (725214) | about 9 years ago | (#13642483)

Well, good. Now I can get some sleep tonight. You would think that would have been caught by an editor...Oh wait, it's Zonk. Nevermind.

Re:Minor clarification (1)

Kafka_Canada (106443) | about 9 years ago | (#13642499)

Yes, but North Korea can't even afford to eat all the time. It was clear from the context which Korea was meant.

Re:Minor clarification (1)

a.different.perspect (817184) | about 9 years ago | (#13642533)

That's because they spend so much money on their military, which numbers more than a million active service troops. It wasn't clear.

Re:Minor clarification (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642610)

Not because of their military. Their military makes it worse, but they have no real economy.

Re:Minor clarification (1)

Kafka_Canada (106443) | about 9 years ago | (#13642668)

Yes, but their military is basically a million idiot conscripts. It's not like they have an economy, an advanced technological society, or, as I said above, even enough food for themselves. S. Korea builds modern cars, electronics, etc., and of the two only they could conceivably build an advanced mega-killer robot. It was most certainly clear.

Re:Minor clarification (3, Insightful)

richdun (672214) | about 9 years ago | (#13642517)

Some people think "North" when they hear about Korean military stuff.

Of course, if the past Olympics, Asian Games, and other efforts are any indication, many Koreans are trying to disregard the directions altogether - most refer to the country as "Korea," no bloody North, South, C, or D.

Re:Minor clarification (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 9 years ago | (#13642525)

Of course it's ROK. DRPK couldn't afford the electricity to charge the batteries on one of these death machines.

Re:Minor clarification (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642648)

Of course it's ROK. DRPK couldn't afford the electricity to charge the batteries on one of these death machines.

DPRK.

Re:Minor clarification (1)

hunterx11 (778171) | about 9 years ago | (#13642669)

Give him a break, it can be confusing. After all the ROK is worried about what the DPRK will do, and even the PRC doesn't want them to do something stupid, all while threatening to ROC. You'd think these Asian countries learned English from AOL.

Re:Minor clarification (1)

SCVirus (774240) | about 9 years ago | (#13642675)

Since they spend such a high precentage of the countries total assets on military (with enough for such things as missile and nuclear programs) it certainly could have been NK.

Re:Minor clarification (1)

rm999 (775449) | about 9 years ago | (#13642647)

From what I can tell, most people in the west (at least the US and europe) assume Korea means South Korea. I guess that is the western anti-communist bias.

China's robot (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | about 9 years ago | (#13642686)

Don't forget China's sword wielding robot. [chinanews.cn] Imagine that running at you.

Unfortunately... (1)

Tyrdium (670229) | about 9 years ago | (#13642476)

Unfortunately, Korea will also give them the ability to replicate [wikipedia.org] .

I will just sit here (1)

Bananatree3 (872975) | about 9 years ago | (#13642480)

at my computer, waiting for that inevitable day when, some time in the near or distant future, this things' great-great-great-great grandson will come into my office and shoot me, on its war for earth. Until then, I'll just sit here with my fantasies about a world without such robots...

Oh no... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642484)

In Korea, only old people welcome their robotic overlords.

Re:Oh no... (0, Offtopic)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | about 9 years ago | (#13642598)

> In Korea, only old people welcome their robotic overlords.

"offtopic"???
<sigh>
Have the moderators ever used Slashdot before???

South Korea (2, Informative)

ZeroPost (792045) | about 9 years ago | (#13642490)

I think that the article summary should mention that this is being developed by _South_ Korea. The article just mentioned 'Korea', but since there are two Koreas, I wasn't sure which one they were talking about.

"blueprints" (4, Funny)

Capt'n Hector (650760) | about 9 years ago | (#13642492)

haha those "blueprints" are from lightwave, aren't they? In that case, I have blueprints for several deep-space capital ships, a few space fighters, and a couple of plasma guns.

Re:"blueprints" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642543)

The U.S. had best invade South Korea now. The combat robot plans are way, way ahead of where Iraq's nuclear weapons program was when Little George decided to invade. I mean, they've already got data in computers! All Iraq had was a few sheets of notebook paper [washingtonpost.com] .

Huge waste of 33 billion? (1)

mrtroy (640746) | about 9 years ago | (#13642500)

Would a small number of humans not be able to take these out from a distance using existing technology, such as an EMP or directed microwave?

Also, what happens if someone hacks the controlling mechanism and turns them against the Koreans?

I dont think our existing technology is going to be powerful enough for something this complex.

What if u dig a trench all the way across the North/South Korea border? Will these become useless in an invasion?

Re:Huge waste of 33 billion? (1)

HermanAB (661181) | about 9 years ago | (#13642710)

No, not with EMP or microwave, but a RPG or artilery will do the trick...

Re:Huge waste of 33 billion? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642712)

"Also, what happens if someone hacks the controlling mechanism and turns them against the Koreans?"

Then they use an EMP or directed microwave on them.

Re:Huge waste of 33 billion? (1)

DoubleRing (908390) | about 9 years ago | (#13642720)

Would a small number of humans not be able to take these out from a distance using existing technology, such as an EMP or directed microwave?

I hate whenever someone mentions this. Both of these weapons (at this time) are impossible to properly implement. The concept of the EMP is popularized by movies and the like, but is not really acheivable with anything short of an enormous explosion (such as a nuclear bomb). If you set up giant electro-magnet, hooked directly up to a..let's say a fusion reactor (which has yet to be invented), then you could have a viable reusable device that could incapacitate a city. For smaller areas, you could use a device similar to an MRI, which would have an extremely small effective radius (if you can get that close, might as well use more conventional methods), plus you'd have to remember that fields aren't directional. Any devices you were using (gps, radios) would all have to be magnetically sheilded. Then, of course, you could magnetically sheild the robot.

Directed microwaves are EXTREMELY impractical. The only reason why your microwave at home can heat things up is because the wave is reflected back and forth thousands of times, increasing the amount of molecules that one wave will excite. Even then, it takes minutes to do what you want. In a combat situation, that is out of the question.

Also, what happens if someone hacks the controlling mechanism and turns them against the Koreans? I dont think our existing technology is going to be powerful enough for something this complex.

Darth Vader:I find your lack of faith...disturbing.

What if u dig a trench all the way across the North/South Korea border? Will these become useless in an invasion?

I don't really understand what you're saying, but isn't that what the DMZ is for?

Virus vs Robots (vs Man) (1)

timeToy (643583) | about 9 years ago | (#13642503)

If they use Windows embedded as OS, I can't wait (actually I can wait, I rather never have to see them) for the Star Wars moment where they all stop at once because of a worm like infection ! I guess the market value of Virus and Worm writer skillz just get a notch higher.

Re:Virus vs Robots (vs Man) (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | about 9 years ago | (#13642692)

Star Wars? No, you're thinking of Independence Day.

Fragging nerds (3, Interesting)

aussie_a (778472) | about 9 years ago | (#13642505)

You put a gun in an overweight nerds hand and shove him onto the battlefield and he's going to get killed very quickly. You put him behind the remote controls for one of these babies, and you'll have a lean-mean killing machine. Will nerds be the nest people to be drafted by the government? After all, all of those years training in Quake and Doom should make them experts wielding these babies.

I can see it now, Korea is at war with someone else using these on the battlefield. Kim and his friends want a LAN party, so they PAY the military to for an hours worth of time renting out 5 of these. They get behind their computers, and are suddenly transported to a battlefield and they go for it. Just make sure it's programmed so that the thing can't shoot allies (perhaps the allies emit a beacon) and the kids can go for their life, trying to frag as many people as they can. It'll be all the rage!

Re:Fragging nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642553)

"Will nerds be the nest people to be drafted by the government?"

Given that nerds never leave the nest and mutate in their mom's basement, nerds as the nest people is an apt term.

Of course to frag a nerd it's just a matter of putting something new and shiny in front of him/her.

Re:Fragging nerds (1)

Solr_Flare (844465) | about 9 years ago | (#13642558)

Actually, the scary thing is that this scenario is likely to become a reality. At least "nerds" being the future generation of soldiers. Maybe not for another generation or two of course. But, the whole idea in warfare is to limit the human casualties on your side. This makes remote controlled weaponry ideal. And, given the skills and coordination developed from years of gaming, video gamers would make the ideal drone controllers.

The real long term concern is that if warfare ends up becoming a battle between robots and remote drones, will people finally realize that war has no point anymore? Or, instead, as fictional as *that* version is, will you end up with something like that episode of the original star trek where we vaporize our own people when a computer simulation decides a kill has been made?

Re:Fragging nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642636)

But, the whole idea in warfare is to limit the human casualties on your side.

That is an utterly absurd and profoundly ignorant statement. Do you honestly believe that?

Re:Fragging nerds (1)

Solr_Flare (844465) | about 9 years ago | (#13642700)

Actually, that is the fundimental point of warfare. To limit the casualties on your side while destroying your opponent's ability to make war. You "win" when your force is able to accomplish their goal.

If you take casualties on *your side* your enemy is reducing your ability to make war, thus your enemy is winning. This was actually the whole reason the cold war happened. The USA and USSR both began building up weapons for a potential war between them.

Eventually both sides reached a point where a war would result in so many casualties on both sides, that neither side would win. Instead it would be a war of mutual extermination. So, if the war happened, both sides would lose. But, if either country backed down, the other would gain superiority and win. So, it was a stalemate. Both sides could only continue preparing for a war that neither could win, in order to *not lose*. In the end, economic instabilities as well as a number of political manuevers caused the USSR to falter and fall apart.

Re:Fragging nerds (1)

PlacidPundit (881182) | about 9 years ago | (#13642718)

The real long term concern is that if warfare ends up becoming a battle between robots and remote drones, will people finally realize that war has no point anymore?

As long as evil human nature persists, there will be war and death. So no, I wouldn't count on it.

Re:Fragging nerds (1)

Solidsnot (169219) | about 9 years ago | (#13642608)

In other words you mean Ender's Game.

Science Vessel .. . (1)

btnheazy03 (829328) | about 9 years ago | (#13642506)

Can an electromagnetic shockwave actually disable this bot's electronic circuitry in reality?

Re:Science Vessel .. . (2, Informative)

HermanAB (661181) | about 9 years ago | (#13642676)

If the robot is realy designed by a military electronics company, then it will be quite immune to EMP and radiation. There are many robots in use in the military and there are sentries armed with shotguns in Iraq even. See this: http://www.spawar.navy.mil/robots/land/robart/hist ory.html [navy.mil]

Legs with wheels (0, Redundant)

charlesbakerharris (623282) | about 9 years ago | (#13642523)

...sounds just like an insect to me.

What about the Asimov rules? (2, Interesting)

Bananatree3 (872975) | about 9 years ago | (#13642536)

Is it just me, or is the world forgetting Isaac Asimov's laws of robotics?:

Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" asimov

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

It seems to me that this is a casebook example of such discrase for these laws. We have forgotten what these rules, layed down by father of robotics over half a decade ago. It is sad to see how we have used something like the robot to simply continue the cycle of ever-more expensive and bloody cycle of militery technology, and now with AI to go with it

Re:What about the Asimov rules? (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 9 years ago | (#13642583)

Forget Asimov, how about Jesus? (Or is that automatically flaimbait?)

Re:What about the Asimov rules? (1)

encopitt (902910) | about 9 years ago | (#13642695)

You can start bringing up Jesus when Christians start living by his example, not what the Almighty TV (and fucking FOX news) tells them.

Re:What about the Asimov rules? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642729)

You know, we ordinary Christians get really annoyed when the term "Christian" is misused instead of "fundy morons." We still pray for their misguided souls, and at the same time, we pray for the day that their bullshit stops bringing heat down on the rest of us.

To the fundies all up in the hizzy: God created us to be thinking and rational beings, in His image. You narrow-minded, intolerant bastards do not fit the image of my God.

Ethics and such... (1)

banzaimonkey (917475) | about 9 years ago | (#13642602)

The robot will be armed with various weapons and will operate both by remote control and its own artificial intelligence system.

Yes, this does raise some rather dire ethical concerns. Who's to be reponsible if one of these malfunctions and kills a bus full of school children? The programmer? The tech operating it? The government? The manufaturer? The military? Noone?

Re:What about the Asimov rules? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642646)

You do realize that Azimov goes on to show how those rules are not exactly sufficient. Every one of his books is really about the conflicts that such a simple set of rules creates in the real world. How life is more complicated than that.

Welcome to 21st century (5, Funny)

ingo23 (848315) | about 9 years ago | (#13642654)

It's all much simpler.

1. A robot must bring profit.

Re:Welcome to 21st century (0, Redundant)

Stormwatch (703920) | about 9 years ago | (#13642701)

Sure, but around here we write it like this:

1. A robot must bring...
2. ???
3. PROFIT!

Call me... (1)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | about 9 years ago | (#13642539)

... when I can get a spider-tank a la Ghost in the Shell.

Yes, but the most important question of all (1)

aussie_a (778472) | about 9 years ago | (#13642545)

Will these things be able to climb stairs?


HA! And you thought I was going to ask if it ran on Linux.

Re:Yes, but the most important question of all (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642631)

Yes, but DO they run Linux?

Dont Worry Yet (0, Troll)

VATechTigger (884976) | about 9 years ago | (#13642554)

Hrm, combat robots from the same country that builds Hyundai and Daewoo.

Have no fear, me thinks they will be in the shop most of the time, although they do have a long warranty going for them..........

Re:Dont Worry Yet (1)

korea (615587) | about 9 years ago | (#13642642)

They also build Samsung and LG products. Besides, I'm sure not everything your that your country builds is top-shelf. Unless you're Swedish, in which case, it might actually be the top shelf.

You kids will cry about anything. You'd think this was super cool if it was 3 college kids and a self-employed high school drop-out tooling this in some wisconsin basement.

Plucky? (1)

femto (459605) | about 9 years ago | (#13642565)

Hardly the word I would use to describe a killing machine which is incapable of emotion or courage.

How about lethal, deadly, death-bringing, slaughterous, death-dealing, cruel, ...

(Thanks to Mr Roget)

If they want quality, killing robots (1)

Odocoileus (802272) | about 9 years ago | (#13642570)

They should consult with the battlebots crowd. Then we could have robots with giant machetes rolling around, and some robots with one of those little arms that flips you up into the air. The latter could be called nut crackers. Oh, and then the other side could get with the robot wars people...

Obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642577)

"The battles of the future will not be fought on a battleground or at sea, they will be fought in space. Or at the top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forward today, your duty is clear, to build and maintain those robots. Thank you."

-Military school principal, at the commencement address after Bart and Lisa graduate from milatary school.

Plucky? (1)

St. Arbirix (218306) | about 9 years ago | (#13642604)

I read that this robot will be plucky and I can't believe my eyes. I check it again a couple times to make sure there's no way I could have read that wrong.

Then I see a couple lines down that "science-related ministers" were involved. WTF? Is this some plucky, morale boosting robot expected to save the day and make soldier feel good?

I'm at this point imagining something like the Terminator, except on Prozac and "fired up about the Holy Spirit!"

Obligatory. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642624)

I for one welcome our plucky Korean robot overlords.

Anyone remember how... (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | about 9 years ago | (#13642635)

... in the Age of Empires II (Age of Kings) expansion pack (The Conquerors), I seem to recall there being a Korean civilization. Their primary 'unique unit' of interest was this War Wagon, a siege weapon of some potency. I suppose this is just a beefed-up version. :)

Now, how about those turtle boats?

Oblig. Simpsons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13642653)

"The wars of tomorrow will be fought by tiny robots on the tops of very high mountains.
Your job will be to build and maintain these robots."

For the sake of tradition.... (0, Redundant)

zanderredux (564003) | about 9 years ago | (#13642678)

Oh well....

In Korea, only humans get KIA.

Maybe NASA could use one? (1)

earthforce_1 (454968) | about 9 years ago | (#13642703)

We could send it to mars, and instead of just taking pictures, it could blow things up. You know, in case they do actually discover life and it turns out to be hostile...

Besides, who needs a rock abrasion tool (RAT) when you have a 120mm cannon to crack open any interesting formations!

so? (-1, Flamebait)

Madd Scientist (894040) | about 9 years ago | (#13642704)

now we do the same and both of our countries are at the hands of the software developers programming the AI... yeah, real step forward guys. even battlebots got cancelled... this isn't a good idea. didn't anyone see terminator?

In Other News (2, Funny)

hobotron (891379) | about 9 years ago | (#13642721)


Korean Old Glory Insurance premiums have just soared overnight

When they say... (1)

cshank4 (917540) | about 9 years ago | (#13642722)

...Advanced AI... they mean these ones will actually hide behind walls when getting shot at, right? I'd hate to see some crappy, re-hashed tactics that anyone who's played Goldeneye will figure out...

Anime (2, Funny)

Mancat (831487) | about 9 years ago | (#13642726)

The robot will also only be pilotable by spiky-haired prepubescent boys.
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