This new DARPA robot is amazing and terrifying. Anyone remembers the various technologies developed by Massive Dynamic in Fringe? They tended to have amazing cutting edge abilities that were always deployed for very dubious if not outright evil purposes. This horse-like robot reminds me of those.
However, this is not sci-fi anymore. I guess this all-terrain robot will be the next remotely operated machine to run across Middle-Eastern fields carrying out surveillance and likely killing civilians. I guess the US army is one step closer to being able to wage war completely by remote, now with added on-the-ground precision… spending oodles of money on futile missions that the US cannot actually afford anymore (witness this week’s monetary gridlock in the US).
While I’m in awe of what technology can accomplish today I despair for what purpose it is built for and what real life interests it will serve.