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    Controversy Arises as a Robot Dog Carrying a Sniper Rifle

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    The robot dogs are back, and this time they’ve got guns.

    In an image that should frighten everyone – especially if you’ve seen *that* episode of Black Mirror – a robotics company has shown off their newest creation: a robotic dog with a sniper rifle.

    If you thought the Boston Dynamics robots were scary, this innovation takes it a step further, with the Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle (QUGV – or robot dog to you and me) carrying a payload known as a ‘Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle’ – or, to put it another way, a 6.5mm robotic sniper rifle.

    A Q-UGV used by the US military (Alamy)Alamy

    The technology in question is provided by Ghost Robotics and SWORD International, two robotics firms that specialise in providing cutting-edge technology to the US military and other’security’ missions.

    The dog is currently on display at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, with Ghost Robotics stating in a tweet that the sniper-equipped robot was just the latest step in its work to ‘keep US and allied [special operation forces] equipped with the latest innovations.’

    While plenty of people were enthralled by the idea of a robot dog that’s also packing heat, others unsurprisingly found the new tech downright dystopian, and took to social media to voice their concerns.

    ‘So yall saw 2 blade runners, a westworld show and movie , 10 terminator movies 2 Battlestar Galactica shows, irobot and still thought this was a good ideal smh we doomed,’ one person tweeted, while another wrote ‘Gross. I don’t want to live in this world, why are we building this world?’

    Unlike Spot the robot dog, it doesn’t appear that the sniper-loaded robot dog is available to buy, and, that’s probably for the best.

     

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