Monday, April 8, 2013

PETMAN: the Pentagon’s creepy humanoid robot gets clothed for new video

Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

In a new video, the Boston Dynamics-manufactured humanoid robot called “PETMAN” is shown with a flame-retardant camouflage jumpsuit and a gas mask walking, squatting, rotating and performing some other human-like actions.

This robot is part of the Pentagon’s focus on more lifelike humanoid robots which approach the efficiency of human beings. One of the Navy’s robots can even recognize gestures and throw grenades.

In addition to the human-like robots, the Pentagon is focusing on robots modeled after animals like the autonomous jellyfish drone, drones modeled after insects that are capable of killing, a bird-like drone already seen in the wild, ultra-quiet drones modeled after owls and a record-breaking robot modeled after a cheetah. 

This particular robot, shown in the Boston Dynamics video (embedded below), was manufactured for the Department of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense program.



According to Danger Room, a robot like this would be used to perform rescue missions that wouldn’t be safe for a human being in a chemical or biological attack situation.


“That is, if it can maneuver past rubble, navigate uneven spaces and retain its balance, all of which are difficult propositions for a robot,” writes Spencer Ackerman.

However, according to Boston Dynamics, PETMAN is actually designed to test chemical protection clothing.

“Unlike previous suit testers that had a limited repertoire of motion and had to be supported mechanically, PETMAN balances itself and moves freely; walking, bending and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents,” Boston Dynamics states.

Yet robots closely related to PETMAN are clearly aimed at going far beyond just testing suits, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Pet-Proto robot shown navigating obstacles in the video below.



A robot somewhat similar to PETMAN, called Atlas, will be used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge program in 2013, according to Boston Dynamics. 

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7 comments:

HereAmI said...

Wouldn't it be nice if one of these robots could be trained to hand out leaflets directing passers-by to a soup kitchen, or maybe help old ladies across the road? Why do they need to be trained to throw grenades?
This story tells you everything you need to know about our "society".

wishbone said...

here we go, "terminator" might be prophetic, i'm sure the idea of robot soldiers has crossed governments evil little minds.!!

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the Titan robot? Remarkable and very scary!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaSMO08dT_0

Anonymous said...

or this one.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HfG_0ddz5g

Anonymous said...

and one more! Who the hell is funding these things?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A6B7YOlNSc

Anonymous said...

Titan is actually fake: http://singularityhub.com/2009/10/23/titan-robot-wows-frightensbut-its-fake/

Anonymous said...

Then can do all sorts of things...... and have no conscience or ethics or morals. Kinda like CEO's, armys.....

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