Terminator was a Documentary – We’ve Gone Down This Path Before
Decades of popular dystopian science fiction have warned that this might happen, and yet, here we are.
A military robot maker, Ghost Robotics, strapped a sniper rifle to the back of a quadrupedal robot dog before presenting its deadly creation at the Association of the U.S. Army’s main annual convention in Washington, D.C. this week.
The Philadelphia-based firm shared an image on Twitter of its quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicle, or Q-UGV, donning a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle from weapon company SWORD International. The system, called the Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, has unsurprisingly courted controversy on social media.
‘A soulless piece of hardware’
In a separate Instagram post, SWORD International stated its involvement with SPUR is “keeping [its special ops] teams armed with the latest lethality innovation.” The majority of the comments below that image and Ghost Robotics’ Twitter post decry the dystopian nature of the machine.