Maybe we’ve all seen too many sci-fi movies, but yep, we’re all going to die at the hands of an army of adaptable robots. To see the latest threat to the continued survival of humanity, check out this video of a new DARPA robot, called the Pet-Proto, that has the ability to recognize obstacles and maneuver around them. It looks like you’ll have to come up with something a little more intricate that just digging pits in the ground and felling trees to discourage mechanoid invaders.
Who needs snipers anyway? Not South Korea, for one. A new advanced weapons system developed by the defense contractors DoDaam can lock onto and blast a target from up to three kilometers away. Called the Super Aegis 2, you can mount almost any kind of weapon you want on this, from machineguns to surface-to-air missiles. That’s right, you can set these things up to fire rockets at your enemies.
Love him or hate him, there’s no question that J.J. Abrams is one of the most powerful movers and shakers on the Hollywood landscape today. I try to take a measured view of the guy: I don’t think he’s infallible, nor do I think he’s the antichrist. He gave us Lost and Fringe, but he also gave us the thoroughly middling Alcatraz. So I tend to greet any new Abrams project with interest, if not necessarily optimism, and that’s the case with the upcoming science fiction pilot from Abrams and Fringe exec producer J.H. Wyman. When it was announced last month, the project was described as a “buddy cop” series set in a future where every LAPD officer is teamed with an android. Now Wyman has revealed a bit more about the still untitled series, but in the vaguest way possible.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Wyman called the show a “very big conceptual piece of television” that will delve into notions of humanity vs. technology…which seems given the general concept. “I’m sort of obsessed with the idea of… humanity vs technology and what’s happening to us,” says Wyman. “We’re interested and we can see a great platform for us to tell a massive story that deals with all these cool things.”
This is yet another step towards our inevitable doom as a species. Watch this trio of quadrocopters, small flying robots, basically playing a game of catch with themselves with a ball and an elastic net. A little kid who can amuse himself like this will grow up to be self-sufficient and independent. When robots get up to business like this, it’s only a matter of time before all that remains of the human race are small bands of rebels living under ground, engaged in a Terminator-style last stand for survival against the machines.
For many people the thought of snakes slithering around their innards is the stuff of nightmares. But scientists are hoping that this skin-crawling scenario could help fight a far more frightening opponent: cancer. A British robotics company has designed a robotic snake that could someday allow doctors to hunt and remove tumors in a minimally invasive way.
Could humanity begin replacing animals in the biosphere that have gone extinct or are endangered? If so, it might happen not through genetic engineering or cloning, but by replacing them with robotic counterparts. Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex in merry ol’ England are currently working on mapping the first accurate computer simulation of an average honey bee brain, with the hopes of one day uploading the simulation into a robotic honey bee.