The group MSCHF recently purchased a robotic dog from the company Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics describes its creation such: “Spot is an agile mobile robot that navigates terrain with unprecedented mobility, allowing you to automate routine inspection tasks and data capture safely, accurately, and frequently.” The purpose, ostensibly, was to create a robot that could help with menial tasks and free people time and effort. MSCHF has taken the robo-pooch to the next level. With a remote control paintball gun, the group demonstrated how easily the robot could be weaponized adapted for war.
Weapons mounted on robots or drones is by no means a new idea. Aside from the widespread use of aerial drone which already dominate combat, we have yet to really see a version of the terminator on the battlefield. But they're coming.
China recently unveiled robots with mounted weapons, and have also recently shown their own doggos that compete with Boston Dynamics. For a country that already has an enormous standing military, a supplemental force of robots armed and ready to be deployed could be a startling concept.
Should we do the same?