Military Builds Robotic Insects


Those of you who have heard my "robots are coming" speech know that I expect intelligent and highly capable machines within a generation. The first generation of these robots are here now.

See this article below about robotic insects with attack capabilities. Just imagine how dangerous and scary these things are in 3-4 generations with some emergent intelligence.

Full article from Wired here.

If you feel something crawling on your neck, it might be a wasp or a bee. Or it might be something much more dangerous.

Israel is developing a robot the size of a hornet to attack terrorists. And although the prototype will not fly for three years, killer Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, are much closer than that.

British Special Forces already use 6-inch MAV aircraft called WASPs for reconnaissance in Afghanistan. The $3,000 WASP is operated with a Gameboy-style controller and is nearly silent, so it can get very close without being detected. A new development will reportedly see the WASP fitted with a C4 explosive warhead for kamikaze attacks on snipers. One newspaper dubbed it "The Talibanator."


This means preventing the target from carrying out its mission, rather than destroying it, Davis says. A truck, for example, can be put out of action by destroying its tires; a MAV can do this by squirting them with few milliliters of a catalytic de-polymerization agent, causing them to disintegrate rapidly.

Posted on March 31, 2007 and filed under Robots Are Our Future.