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    Default US military offering a tiny fortune for inventing a military robot. Emphasis on tiny.

    The United States is challenging every entrepreneur, engineer, developer and inventor to create the first military robot. The individual or team that creates a humanoid robot capable of walking on two legs and performing various tasks — driving vehicles and using tools — will be awarded $2 million by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The humanoid army isn’t intended for the battlefield, however; the military is interested in using robots for disaster-response scenarios in which robots will be able to assist service members in high-risk situations. “Robots undoubtedly capture the imagination, but that alone does not justify an investment in robotics,” said DARPA Acting Director, Kaigham J. Gabriel. “For robots to be useful to DoD they need to offer gains in either physical protection or productivity. The most successful and useful robots would do both via natural interaction with humans in shared environments.” The Robotics Challenge will begin in October 2012 and run through December 2014. Read on for DARPA’s press release.
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    While it's a nice initiative, I can't see anyone jumping to do it unless they're extremely rich and don't really need the prize. I doubt $2 million will do much more than cover the costs of designing and building a robot as elaborate as the military is asking for.

    This is something that has the potential to change our very lives. I'd expect a reward of $2 billion to be more appropriate, at the very least.

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    Default Re: US military offering a tiny fortune for inventing a military robot. Emphasis on t

    The United States is challenging every entrepreneur, engineer, developer and inventor to create the first military robot. The individual or team that creates a humanoid robot capable of walking on two legs and performing various tasks — driving vehicles and using tools — will be awarded $2 million by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
    They have entire research departments spending hundreds of millions trying to make something like that. Guess how far they've gotten. We've got the walking down, albeit slow, inefficient and impractical.

    “Robots undoubtedly capture the imagination, but that alone does not justify an investment in robotics,” said DARPA Acting Director, Kaigham J. Gabriel.
    ... but if YOU lot can do it we'll be sure to recoup some of the money you've spent. A bit.

    The ****?

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    Default Re: US military offering a tiny fortune for inventing a military robot. Emphasis on t

    Quote Originally Posted by Squirly View Post
    They have entire research departments spending hundreds of millions trying to make something like that. Guess how far they've gotten. We've got the walking down, albeit slow, inefficient and impractical.



    ... but if YOU lot can do it we'll be sure to recoup some of the money you've spent. A bit.

    The ****?

    I could build the T800 today... we have the technology.. we can make it OP =P

    BTW? skynet goes active when?

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