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South Korea Deploys Killer Robot In DMZ 243

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction dept.
shikaisi writes "Not content with just killing people in computer games, South Korea has gone one better and is deploying remotely controlled sentry robots on the border with the north. According to the article 'If the command centre operator cannot identify possible intruders through the robot's audio or video communications system, the operator can order it to fire its gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.'"
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South Korea Deploys Killer Robot In DMZ

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  • by Drakkenmensch (1255800) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @09:28AM (#32886220)
    ... when ED-209 orders you to drop your gun, make sure it doesn't land on something soft that cushions the sound, mmmmmkay?
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by flyingsquid (813711)
      In related news, following the announcement that South Korea would soon be deploying robotic turrets, North Korea announced that the army would double their production of zerglings and mutalisks.
      • by TheLink (130905)
        Ender's Game with Korean gamers... Or Starcraft Live Edition?
      • by Jurily (900488)

        In related news, following the announcement that South Korea would soon be deploying robotic turrets, North Korea announced that the army would double their production of zerglings and mutalisks.

        I'd mod you funny, but you don't announce zerglings. You unburrow them.

    • Or something that sounds like a gun shot!

  • Good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by elrous0 (869638) * on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @09:29AM (#32886228)
    Maybe the U.S./South Korea can deploy robots of our own and put less humans in harm's way. And rather than risk a major incident [wikipedia.org] with every patrol, both sides can just sit back and play a glorified videogame. It's sure to beat what happens [wikipedia.org] when the humans there interact.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Sockatume (732728)

      Uh, it's South Korea that's deploying the robots. You think North Korea has the engineering capability to pull something like that off?

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by jellomizer (103300)

        I think they could. Most engineers could make a robot from toy parts. Now adays. Even though North Korea is mostly blocked off from the rest of the world, it could get its hands on some rather simple non-classified low tech stuff.

        Remote Control, a Web Cam, and some servos attach them to a gun and you have a killing robot.

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by molecular (311632)

          if the mythbusters could do it, so can north korea

          • by idontgno (624372)

            You do understand that Mythbusters has a substantially higher budget than the DPRK, don't you?

            And, as far as I can tell, better engineers. Except maybe for Tory.

            • by denobug (753200)

              You do understand that Mythbusters has a substantially higher budget than the DPRK, don't you?

              Humm. No. North Korea definitely has bigger guns and bigger budget than Mythbusters. Last I heard missles and "classified weapons" command pretty good pennies in the black market.

            • by molecular (311632)

              You do understand that Mythbusters has a substantially higher budget than the DPRK, don't you?

              yeah, but they burned it all on duct-tape, so now we're getting to watch repeats disguised as remakes.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        You think North Korea has the engineering capability to pull something like that off?

        Yes, people my age were all taught while growing up that one of the poorest countries on the planet is a terrifying threat to our very existence.

        • Re:Good (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Nadaka (224565) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @10:54AM (#32887492)

          One of the poorest countries on earth is a nuclear power with medium range ballistic missiles capable of devastating Japan and short range artillery capable of devastating S. Korea. This is a country that the US and S. Korea are still officially at war with, and they occasionally attack. I forgot to mention that it is run by a delusional god emperor known for kidnapping TV personalities from other nations for his own personal entertainment.

          Where is James Bond when you need him.

        • by comp.sci (557773)
          They have nuclear weapons. I'd say that's a pretty big threat.
      • Re:Good (Score:4, Funny)

        by lennier1 (264730) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @10:02AM (#32886650)

        It's just a reaction to North Korea dropping hot chicks from the sky: http://gizmodo.com/5580656/global-alarm-north-korea-now-has-flying-traffic-girls [gizmodo.com]

      • by e2d2 (115622)

        Considering I could build one myself - yes I do think they have this capability.

      • by mcgrew (92797) *

        They have the engineering capability to build nukes and guided missles, and this seems trivial in comparison.

        • by slick7 (1703596)

          They have the engineering capability to build nukes and guided missles, and this seems trivial in comparison.

          All N. Korea has to do is underbid the electronics contract through a dummy corporation (location in some first or second world country) and S. Korea is pwnd.

      • After all, they achieved nuclear fusion and made an energy drink that cures cancer [gawker.com].

        This is all unfolding like a very, very bad NationStates roleplay.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by kalirion (728907)

      Until the robots decide that rather than killing each other for no reason, it would be in their best interest to band together against a common foe?

      • by Yvan256 (722131)

        That's why you install a separate chip that makes them want a lunar lander, with blackjack and hookers.

    • Maybe the U.S./South Korea can deploy robots of our own and put less humans in harm's way.

      You think some robots are going to get the US to withdraw from the Korean war? They've been fighting that one so long now it's become a bad habit.

  • Fallout (Score:2, Troll)

    by kainewynd2 (821530)
    Time to get into my T-51B power armor... shit's about to get real...
  • Pictures? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by slyrat (1143997) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @09:31AM (#32886258)
    This would be a much better article if there were any sort of pictures of said robot. I'm more interested in what kind of construction / form it is in.
  • Techwin! (Score:5, Informative)

    by gbjbaanb (229885) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @09:33AM (#32886296)

    This is that you want to see [youtube.com] - it shoots things near the end, the beginning is more a demo for the CnC GUI.

    • by Zantac69 (1331461)
      Really neat - wish they would have demonstrated the grenade launcher!

      But I noticed that it was a Samsung product. Is it going to get an upgrade to Froyo or are they going to have to stick with Eclair?
    • by siddesu (698447)
      I wonder if the NK army will have to paint white crosses on all their soldiers.
    • Target shooting shown is stationary.

      In the video the hit boxes seem to lag a bit. Likely a processing lag. There needs to be a predictive part to get ahead of the processing lag so they can hit moving targets.

  • by Ukab the Great (87152) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @09:49AM (#32886498)

    Nice try, but the North Koreans will just send wave after wave of their own men at the killbots until they reached their pre-programmed kill limit of 999,999.

  • by Krneki (1192201)
    So now it's open season for hackers to root this bots.
    • Because I'm sure they're controlling these things via the Internet. Let's think about this a little bit - obviously these things would have to be controlled via encrypted comm links... or the North Koreans would root the bots. If J. Random Hacker wanted to play this game, he'd have to be... in the DMZ, which I doubt too many JRH's have the capability or interest to do.

  • by kenh (9056)

    Apparently the US Department of Homeland Security is looking into this technology - but they want to combine this with the phenomenon of Internet Hunting [howstuffworks.com] - they view this as a more expensive alternative to the highly-effective Drone Aircraft [latimes.com] in use in various theaters of operation...

  • by dangitman (862676) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @09:57AM (#32886588)

    According to the article 'If the command centre operator cannot identify possible intruders through the robot's audio or video communications system, the operator can order it to fire its gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

    Wouldn't it make more sense to fire the guns and grenades if the operator does identify intruders?

    "Hey, I don't see anybody around, FIRE THE GUNS!" and "Look, it's an intruder, CEASE FIRE!" doesn't make a lot of sense.

    • by Dracker (1323355)
      I think you misread it. The way I see it, it can shoot if it detects an intruder that it cannot identify.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by molecular (311632)

      depends on what you're trying to accomplish.
      If the mission is to keep any North Korean from crossing the border, the apporach to "always fire, except if subject is identified as friendly" will yield better results than "only fire if subject is identified as enemy".
      That's of course accepting the death of the odd sheep, shepherd or other friendly subject that fails to be identified correctly.
      Just stay out of the DMZ!

    • In military parlance, the terms are not equivalent. You "detect" contacts all the time, but frequently you don't know who they are. This is really about ROE - they're saying that the system is going to capable/allowed to shoot at targets it's detected even if it can't "identify" them.
  • If North Korea makes military robots, they are all going to look like Kim Jon'il.

    Kimbots Transform!

  • by SloWave (52801) on Tuesday July 13, 2010 @10:36AM (#32887158) Journal

    North Korea deployed robots a long time ago. They are called North Koreans.

  • So you see the Paintball Sentry Gun in a Suitcase [youtube.com] and think you gots to get you some of that?
  • by JustNiz (692889)

    when can we get these for the Mexican border?

    • by alta (1263)

      Wow, I can't belive this thread isn't full of this sort of comment, and likewise people whining about it.

      FTR, this is exactly what I thought.

      Obama to Arizona: Well, sorry, we just can't have you asking people where they are from and arresting them if they turn out to be illegals, but here have some of these fully automatic, shoot to kill border guards

      You know, I was thinking, the border is huge, to big for an expensive wall. What if we made a system of highspeed wires, all driven from a few hubs. (think s

  • DMZ = Demilitarized Zone... right? So, how is it still demilitarized if you place robots with tracking skills and guns in it? (I think it's already full of landmines anyway, but I'm just asking).

  • in my DMZ...
  • Unfortunately they forgot to build a dispenser, so now their team has no way of getting health and ammo as they move forward.

    Damn incompetent engineers. They're nearly as bad as W+M1 pyros.

  • Oh boy... (Score:2, Funny)

    by wiroly (1768050)
    If the ROK government ever discovers the potential of combining this technology with the talents of an entire generation of Starcraft geniuses, the DPRK is screwed. Or, at the very least, ROK mineral production will go through the fucking roof.
  • Best of luck to the ROK on this: They face a dangerous, implacable foe. The North has about half the South's population, but twice as many men under arms. The North also has a huge number of long range artillery pieces, some that can reach the northern suburbs of Seoul from north of the DMZ. The sinking of the South Korea ship is nothing new, except perhaps scale. I spent 2 1/2 years in Korea as a contractor with the ROK-US Combined Forces Command. It seemed not a week went by when there wasn't some p
  • I dont mean to be a party pooper, but it does not seem as though armed conflict between north korea and south korea has solved anything in the last 30 years. Perhaps if we still weren't falling lock-step in line with the reagan administrations heritage foundation doctrines toward communism, we might get a chance at a civil multilateral discussion between both parties that could, in the long term, evolve into diplomatic relationships the likes of the industrial exchange that until recently had been a major
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by ralfmuschall (1782380)

      It doesn't really matter what the west thinks about communism - NK is a theocracy now, with a god-king at the top and a caste system below. They started replacing marxism with the artificial Chuche-religion (more weird than Scientology, and probably as evil) in the seventies.
      The only chance for NK is IMHO a internal enlightenment in parts of the leading junta (the only people there who know that there is a different world outside, and probably don't believe in the Chuche crap they made up for the ordinary

  • Slashdot has covered previous stories related to this from 2005 and 2006:
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/14/0132216 [slashdot.org]
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/04/09/2319209 [slashdot.org]
  • Is this vastly different than the Predator drones we use in AfPak? Or are we just freaked out because someone else is doing it?

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