Friday, August 03, 2007

Robocop is Real!

This, from Wired. The new SWORDS robot that is just about ready for field use in Iraq, and is the real-life version of the ED-209.

An armed robot that is directed by radio. Thus, it is to some degree vulnerable to viruses, or commandeering. When I look to the future, I see these in civilian use for police departments -- crack-house and meth-lab raids, for sure -- and with ubiquity and relatively lax security inherent with having these in hundreds of police precincts instead of one army, there will be an attempt at infiltration.

In any event, sci-fi continues to show that it is closer to reality than one might think!