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Afghanistan Called First "Robotic War" 288

retroworks writes "Fareed Zakaria (Editor of Time, CNN GPS) writes that one in 50 USA combatants in Afghanistan is now a robot. There are more fighting robots than elevators in the country. Article has links to film of robots in action, allusions to Terminator films."
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Afghanistan Called First "Robotic War"

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  • by xMrFishx ( 1956084 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @09:04AM (#35719298)
    I know the marines aren't known for their intelligence, but calling them drones or robots, I think that's a little harsh...
  • Really? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Daetrin ( 576516 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @09:09AM (#35719354)
    "There are more fighting robots than elevators in the country."

    That's the metric we're using? So all i need to do to have my own robot war is build a single robot, and find a country with no elevators for it to attack?
  • by NoSleepDemon ( 1521253 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @09:16AM (#35719430)
    I moved from the UK to Canada a few years ago, and yeah I agree. Being in proximity to them is irritating, but having to watch their stupid antics and culture spill onto TV is just downright offensive. Each time I watch another Chevrolet ad with the stupid moving 3D text proclaiming that their car has won x consumer award (apparently they all have) a part of me dies. My wife has regular contact with Americans almost every day and the ones that come across the border have an air of arrogance around them which is undeniable. A recurring favourite is "why did you give me Canadian change? I'm American, I want American money!". Thankfully the culture of NOW NOW NOW ME ME ME isn't quite so prevalent in the more civilized North. Having said that, "Hey I'm British too! My grandparents came over in the 1920s, do you know my friend Bob? He lives in London" is beginning to wear a little thin. Good snowboarding though.
  • by Tetsujin ( 103070 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @12:04PM (#35721530) Homepage Journal

    humans are not implements, moron

    I don't know, there are some real tools out there...

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