The Sand Flea Robot created for the US military can jump atop a 30-foot building with a single bound. But no worries. It’s on our side.
In the words of Kyle Reese, “You still don’t get it, do you? He’ll find her! That’s what he does! That’s ALL he does! You can’t stop him! He’ll wade through you, reach down her throat and pull her heart out!”
Oh and it’s made by the same company that makes this.
How long until they mix these two things together. And then all they have to do is add teeth?
Right now, the Sand Flea has such precision, that when properly controlled, it can leap into a window of a second story building, according to MYFoxNY. It does this by stopping, leaning on its back wheels and then propelling itself upward.
March 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm
I'll just build a 40 foot wall. So there.
March 30, 2012 at 2:18 am
50 feet, just in case the Sand Flea mutates. When it becomes self-aware and trains itself not to make that rattlesnake sound, we are dead men.
March 30, 2012 at 3:33 am
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March 30, 2012 at 3:35 am
Even if robots do become self-aware and murderous, they won't be any more error-free than the rest of our software. So they'll be self-aware murderers that have a grand mal seizure about once every seven hours.
More seriously, Lucas-Penrose: self-awareness is impossible for computers, due to Gödel Incompleteness.
March 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm
SkyNet agrees with you; so, no one should be concerned . . . really!
March 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm
If it could only self-ignite, Obama would throw hundreds of billions at it.
March 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm
The Sand Flea's rattlesnake sound is probably due to the hard plastic wheels. Replace them with vulcanized rubber wheels (or softer material) and it will be silent as a ninja. Feel better?
March 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm
It's bad enough it can jump that high; the backflips while doing it are just gratuitous.