Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Robotics

Submission + - Inside Story of Armed Robot "Pullout" in I->

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that the initial rumor of the SWORDS robot being pulled out of Iraq—and its subsequent correction—were just that: sensationalizing in the blogosphere. Popular Mechanics has a lengthy update to its original scoop, digging into the sketchy responses from defense contractors when pressed about the bot's actual duties in battle. From the article: "Although others have used our story to generate a false online rumor about these armed UGVs, the nature of those "technical issues" that Gotvald mentioned in his statement, and that Qinetiq and Foster-Miller have yet to address directly, remains a mystery. Until someone can explain why SWORDS lost its funding, and what exactly it is — and isn't — being used for in Iraq, the rumors are likely to continue. If this is the dawn of the era of robotic infantry, things are off to a decidedly rocky start."
Link to Original Source
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Inside Story of Armed Robot "Pullout" in I

Comments Filter:

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."

Working...