China's new robot soldier can zap rioters with electricity

By midian182 ยท 15 replies
Apr 29, 2016
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  1. In what appears to be the first step toward machines rising up and overthrowing their human masters, China has unveiled a robot soldier designed to control rioters and protesters - using electric shocks if necessary. And yes, it does look like a Doctor Who Dalek.

    Revealed last week at the 12th Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair, the AnBot was designed and built by the National Defense University as a way to deal with terrorism and unrest in the country.

    The robot measures just under five feet and weighs around 171 pounds. It has a top speed of 11 miles per hour and is equipped with a range of sensors that it uses to identify objects and dangers. While its “electrically charged riot control tool” sounds terrifying, the AnBot is also designed to help people; it has an “SOS” button that citizens can press to alert local police in the event of an emergency. But it seems not everyone is a fan:

    The robot’s sensors are said to mimic the human brain, eyes, and ears. It’s capable of eight hours continuous work, and while it does patrol autonomously, it can be controlled remotely should a dangerous situation arise - which is good, as allowing an AI to decide when it should electrocute a person probably isn’t a good idea.

    China is the world’s largest market for industrial robots. Last year at the World Robot Conference in Beijing, a Chinese firm revealed a trio of ‘attack robots,’ including one model that carries rifles and a grenade launcher, that are designed to help in the fight against “global terror.”

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  2. Mieksr

    Mieksr TS Enthusiast Posts: 42   +8

  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

  4. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 440   +223

    It's only 171lbs? tackle it to the ground then its useless.
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  5. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag TS Addict Posts: 147   +78

    Nothing can possibly go wrong..........
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  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,000   +653

    and interfere with an official representative of the government... heaven forbid.
    MonsterZero likes this.
  8. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,920   +753

    Or throw a sheet of aluminum foil or metal screen over it.
    MonsterZero likes this.
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Irwin allen's lost in space robot could do this.
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +219

    Throw paint on its sensors or a well placed sheet. Tackling something that can electrocute you doesn't make much sense. Might as well walk into a jail and say arrest me. A pack of ten+ of these would be pretty intimidating in a country like the UK where firearms are illegal. No I do not love or hate guns.

    I do not fear ai, but I do fear an army of robots controlled by the rich\politicians\lobbyists. If they have soldiers with no morals what would stop them from pressing the boot down all on the way on our poor necks. People who control the country through and by accepting legal bribes are the real terror. One day will have one these on every quarter mile+ in cities. When statistics show a favorable likelihood that we can be permanently contained. What would stop a politician from declaring protests terrorism. They already took our right to privacy with the patriot act\NSA. It could easily snow ball from there, what do you think trump would do with these robots?

    I only hope I live to see something so interesting.

    President Trump "I told you to program them to make America great again!"
    Scientist "We did, activating...."

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  11. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 440   +223

    tackle it from behind, or throw a friend on it!
  12. Better an electric shock than some hard time in the Chinese equivalent of the Soviet Gulag being re-educated
    dictatorship getting soft these days
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  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Fear not. It's probably just the beginning. Once you're zapped and incapacitated the human police can more easily take you into custody and then the real fun begins. :)
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    Danger, Danger......, Danger,Will Robinson-Chang.....
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  15. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +71

    It can move at 18kmh, on a nice smooth surface with 0 incline. Yay sounds like all the roads in the world.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,690

    Not only that. Anyone that can't run faster than 18kmh is likely not to do anything foolish to begin with.

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