[LINK] iRobot Warrior Robots

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Jun 30 07:58:48 AEST 2008

At 10:30 PM 26/06/2008, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>... iRobot warrior robots can be modified .. to support functioning 
>weapons' ...

It is worth pointing out that unlike some iRobot products, the 
"PacBot" military robots are not intended to operate autonomously 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PackBot>. In a sense they are not 
robots at all: just remote control manipulators. The machine will not 
move (or fire a weapon) on its own.

Autonomous operation of a weapon by a robot may be illegal, under the 
land mine treaty <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty>. The 
treaty bans explosive devices which are activated automatically. 
Australia signed the treaty.

iRobot has an Australian connection, via its co-founder Rodney 
Brooks, originally from Adelaide. He is now Professor of Robotics at 
MIT, but visits Australia occasionally: 

ps: Hopefully the military robot works better than iRobot's silly 
"Looj" gutter cleaning robot: 

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