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DARPA Wants to Give Soldiers Robot Surrogates, Avatar Style

Posted By admin On February 20, 2012 @ 3:36 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

IEEE [1]
February 20, 2012

In the movie Avatar, humans hooked themselves up to brain-machine-interface pods with which they could control giant genetically engineered human-alien hybrids.

It’s just a movie, but DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, doesn’t care: It wants this kind of system to be real, just replace “giant genetically engineered human-alien hybrids” with “robots.”

In its 2012 budget, DARPA has decided to pour US $7 million into the “Avatar Project,” whose goal is the following:

“develop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”

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[1] IEEE: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/darpa-wants-to-give-soldiers-robot-surrogates-avatar-style

[2] DARPA’s Pet-Proto Robot Navigates Obstacles: http://www.prisonplanet.com/darpas-pet-proto-robot-navigates-obstacles.html

[3] DARPA seeks self-aware AI robot mega-tanks: http://www.prisonplanet.com/darpa-seeks-self-aware-ai-robot-mega-tanks.html

[4] PETMAN: A Giant Step Taken Toward Building DARPA’s Robot Army: http://www.prisonplanet.com/petman-a-giant-step-taken-toward-building-darpas-robot-army.html

[5] DARPA “Emergency Response” Robot Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt: http://www.prisonplanet.com/darpa-emergency-response-robot-runs-faster-than-usain-bolt.html

[6] ‘Mind Meld’ Study Leading to DARPA’s Killer Robot Army: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mind-meld-study-leading-to-darpas-killer-robot-army.html

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