It's Like a Heatwave Burnin' In the Subcutaneous Layer of Your Skin

The terms "U.S. Marines" and "non-lethal" seem pretty antithetical to each other, but the Leathernecks are close putting in an order for Raytheon's Silent Guardian millimeter wave defense system. As far as non-lethal weapons go, this one's pretty hardcore - it slowly cooks you from the inside. But they swear it will stop… » 10/14/08 10:40am 10/14/08 10:40am

Air Force Plans Fully Armed, Fully Autonomous Robot Plane

It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. And, also, the U.S. Air Force is thinking of building a few of them - unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability, armed… » 9/23/08 8:00am 9/23/08 8:00am

Defense Firm Prepares to Terminate the Terminators

It happens to the best of us: Your robot body guard takes a car bomb to the brain » 9/17/08 11:36am 9/17/08 11:36am and suddenly she thinks she's supposed to kill you rather than protect you. Or maybe an enemy combatant has sent an autonomous computerized agent to destroy you, and Sarah Connor is nowhere to be found. How can you defend yourself…

Zephyr Shatters Robot Plane Endurance Record

The U.S. military wants to have robotic eyes in the sky constantly roving and watching what goes on below, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They might achieve that capability very soon, as a test vehicle called the Zephyr just obliterated the old endurance record for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), nearly tripling… » 8/27/08 8:00am 8/27/08 8:00am

Five Guns for Wars of the Future, Not One a Death Ray

At some point in humanity's future, our military forces are going to have to fight alien invaders, angry robots or hordes of zombies. Ultimately, a bunch of infantry grunts are going to have to hold the line against the onslaught. And they're going to need guns. Awesome guns. What have the arms merchants of the world… » 8/13/08 8:00am 8/13/08 8:00am

U.S. Military To Be 30 Percent Robotic In Twelve Years

Click to viewThe U.S. military is being taken over by robots. Clearing buildings, recovering unexploded munitions and searching for bombs are some of the deadliest tasks a soldier can face in Iraq, and most of them can be done by robots. Plus, the Pentagon has plans to introduce even more robotic troops into military… » 8/06/08 8:00am 8/06/08 8:00am

Sarah Connor Has Failed — the British Just Built Skynet

With the launch of a new communications satellite, the British military has completed a highly advanced network that will allow robotic military units to be controlled at long range. Sound vaguely familiar? They actually named the thing Skynet. When the T-1000s come knocking, keep an eye out for the "Made in UK"… » 6/13/08 8:00am 6/13/08 8:00am