Israelis produce miniature Terminator
Pint sized robo-assassin talks the talk, can't walk the walk
Israeli killer-robot maker Elbit Systems today unveiled the "Viper," a small ground-crawling combat machine "roughly the size of a small television".
The tiny war-bot is said to capable of engaging enemies with bursts of laser-sighted automatic fire, or even grenades.
In what can only be a remarkable, chilling coincidence the dwarvish cyber-assassin reportedly packs an Uzi nine-millimetre – one of the favourite weapons of the original, supposedly fictional Terminator.
But the diminutive droid may not be ready to step into the CyberDyne 101's leather pants quite yet. It is actually intended mainly for bomb-disposal type missions, using a disruptor rather than a submachine gun. The idea is that it might be sent in ahead of Israeli foot-soldiers to recce dangerous or booby-trapped areas or buildings. It would mostly operate undisguised under remote control rather than undercover, cloaked in a sheath of living flesh. (Presumably that of a medium-sized dog in this case, rather than that of a vast Austrian.)
And indeed a measly 9mm Uzi is scarcely going to impress the other killer droids. In former times the UK's "Wheelbarrow" bomb-disposal bot would often pack a Browning 12-bore semi-automatic, somewhat outgunning the new kid on the block. And anything along these lines pales into insignificance alongside today's Flying-HK lookalike, the General Atomics MQ-9 "Reaper" with its 14 Hellfire missiles.
One also notes that the Viper isn't yet really independent of human support. It has to be carried into battle on a soldier's back. Whether the bearer should be seen as the directing intelligence or merely the machine's fleshy slave is for history to judge. ®
Plans are different from Action...
There's a big difference between planning for all eventualities, and acting them out! There's also a difference between taking a war into enemy territory, and staying there and claiming the that for your own. The Allies in WW II marched into Germany, then left it mostly intact (bar the start of the Cold War bases). And it's not like Israel was founded with a peaceful revolution either...
This robot, as has been mentioned, is DESIGNED for incursions into enemy territory. Not exactly helpful for inducing a peaceful neighbourly atmosphere!
There has to be compromise in a peace process, otherwise one side will feel hard done by and resentment will build (see Germany after WW I ). Both sides have been at fault for demanding more when a compromise appears to have been reached. But developments like this don't help the situation.
At least someone wants a discussion
"But I say lets talk about it, this is anti-booby trap equipment and only useful when invading enemy territory. So you're planning on invading where next?"
At least someone wants an adult discussion, that's a bit more useful than pathetic comments like "Israel is a victim? Ohh poor innocent victim, smoochy smoochy." - how does that further any debate?
I'm fascinated why people have such a hang-up about that particular country defending its right to exist. Perhaps it's people should just roll over and die?
Of course when you're fighting a war you have to take it to the enemy's territory. After all, that's where they attack from! During WWII the allied forces didn't stop at the German border and wag their fingers at that Mr Hitler, did they?
Another standard practice is to plan for all eventualities - if there is a chance that a neighboring country is going to start a war, of course any military planner worth his salt is going to work through the scenarios and write up plans accordingly. That's what planning is for!!
Clearly there are people here for whom no amount of discussion and evidence will change their opinions or help them see the big picture, and there are others with whom a meaningful exchange can take place even if the two sides cannot agree.
Oh poor Israel smoochy smoochy
Israel is a victim? Ohh poor innocent victim, smoochy smoochy.
"Israel's prime minister has said that the strategy used in last year's war with Lebanon was drawn up months in advance, an Israeli newspaper reports."
Oops, how to explain all the preparation that went into last years invasion? I know lets change our story and say it was a 'contingency plan'. Yeh that'll work, all the preparation was just for a 'contingency' plan. That'll fool them..... not!
"Today, the Palestinian Authority is methodically and systematically indoctrinating a new generation of children with dangerous and irrevocable message."
Says who? Olmert? Better make another of our 'contingency' plans quick.