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  •  Yeah, we're not far from removing the operator (4+ / 0-)

    Or at least being able to remove the operator. I'm actually afraid of what happens then.

    Maybe you set up an assassin drone to sit tight and camouflage itself until it senses a target nearby. With solar and some of the battery techs they're looking at, a device could sit idle for a very very long time before reacting.

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

    by nightsweat on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:18:27 AM PST

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    •  "You cant escape Judgement Day" - T-800 (2+ / 0-)
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    •  We all should be afraid. There's a movement to (2+ / 0-)
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      try to stop them coming soon to a city near you.

      "The Global War OF Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

      by BigAlinWashSt on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:27:09 AM PST

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    •  oh contraire, mon frere (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd say that we're a few decades from removing the operator, at least where munitions are concerned (and we're not fighting aliens in space).

      If you're thinking about unpiloted surveillance maybe you've heard about this thing called a "satellite"?  That ship left the harbor 60 years ago.

      •  You could do it now (0+ / 0-)

        gps a zone, issue a non-obvious identifying electronic tag to friendlies. Declare everyone else in the zone an enemy combatant and release relatively small quadcopters with an explosive charge to go blow up anything that moves that doesn't have a tag.

        Motion detection wouldn't need more computing power than a cheap ARM chip like you'd find on a raspberry pi or a beagleboard. quadcopter capable of carrying a small explosive is a couple hundred bucks. gps is cheap enough to put in a commodity cell phone.

        Maybe $500 in parts per device? Flight times an issue, but restrict the zone and it doesn't matter much.

        "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

        by nightsweat on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:47:23 AM PST

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    •  The British are already testing Taranis (4+ / 0-)

      Its a fully autonomous drone capable of faster than sound travel, and can carry a wide range of targeted weaponry. its also supposedly built with smart sensors and link into other optics (presumptively satellite information) to change its flight plan and literally search out targets.

      Then when the target is found, an operator is made aware so they can take control for the final leg of the operation and a human operator will supposedly make the final call to take a shot.

      On the ground are newer version of both the Gladiator and Swords Bot. In particular one should pay attention to the development of the Swords Bot, one of the most advanced bots in existence right now. Highly accurate with direct fire weaponry (it can calculate grenade trajectory to bypass cover for instance, or calculate cover penetration by ammunition and literally shoot you through walls), it can carry a plethora of direct fire weapons like the LAWS launch system, 50 caliber weapons both rifle and MG, and to top things off the future version will supposedly be able to take abuse like nothing before.

      In short nothing short of a direct fire launch system will be capable of taking something like this out.

      The battlefield is going to get pretty scary here in the next decade or two.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 07:32:09 AM PST

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    •  Not very far at all. And it's inevitable, I fear. (2+ / 0-)
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      "But Mr. President, these things are really COOL! And look what we can do, and get away with! Because the technology is so far ahead of the dumb public's ability to understand what it will mean!"

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:07:47 AM PST

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