It’s an image that should send a chill down the spine of every American citizen. Military contracted robotics manufacturer Ghost Robotics has unveiled a version of their popular robot security dogs equipped with sniper rifles.
Futurism: For years, we’ve been warning that it was only a matter of time — and now, the inevitable has happened. Somebody strapped an honest-to-god sniper rifle to the back of a quadrupedal robot dog. An image shared on Twitter by military robot maker Ghost Robotics shows the terrifying contraption in all its dystopian glory. “Keeping our [special ops] teams armed with the latest lethality innovation,” the caption reads.
Latest lethality 6.5 #creedmoor sniper payload from @SWORDINT. Check out the latest partner payloads @AUSAorg Wash DC. Keeping US and allied #sof #warfighter equipped with the latest innovations. @USSOCOM #defense #defence #NationalSecurity #drone #robotics pic.twitter.com/Dvk6OvL3Bu
— Ghost Robotics (@Ghost_Robotics) October 11, 2021
“This is sad,” one Twitter user commented. “In what world is this a good idea? I bet police is salivating at the chance to use these.”
There’s a lot we don’t know about the machine, but according to an Instagram post by Sword International, a gun manufacturer, the machine is called the SPUR or Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle.
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We don’t know what level of autonomy the robot has or if it was designed to be fully remotely operated. We also don’t know who the machine was developed for.
The four-legged robot is lugging a sniper capable of shooting 6.5 millimeter Creedmoor cartridges, a rifle ammunition, which was developed with long-range target shooting in mind.
It’s a troubling new development. Any new robot built with the intent to kill should have us worried.