How to make a robot which can talk, drive a ball and speak?
That was the goal of the robotics group Project Veritas, whose members took part in the 2015 Cyber Monday protest to demand an end to the use of autonomous weapons in war.
Project Verity is an offshoot of the Project Athena, an Australian research organisation that focuses on autonomous weapons.
“The problem is the military is not really going to go back to the way it was,” Project Veracity co-founder, Project Athena project manager Alex MacGregor told Business Insider.
“What the military has done in the last decade or so is to go to robotics and try to figure out how to put these robots together in the future, so that you can have them working together.”
The military and other government organisations have also been pushing for robotics to be part of the war effort.
“Robotics is one of the areas where the US has been trying to bring in a bit more military-like capabilities,” MacGregors told Business Insights.
Project Verities first robotic arm was made to tackle an enemy in the midst of war The team behind Project Veritas first robotic arms were used in Afghanistan during the 2008-2009 conflict between Taliban and government forces. “
So if we’re going to be able to do robotics, it needs to be integrated into military hardware.”
Project Verities first robotic arm was made to tackle an enemy in the midst of war The team behind Project Veritas first robotic arms were used in Afghanistan during the 2008-2009 conflict between Taliban and government forces.
In 2010, the group released an autonomous arm which was used against an Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan.
The team later made a robot arm for the US Army that could fire rockets from the front.
Project Athena Project Verita is the project co-ordinator for Project Athena.
“We made this robotic arm to deal with a particular problem that we were faced with in Afghanistan,” Project Athena’s project manager and co-author Alex Macgregor told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“It was a bit of a shocker, actually, when we saw how this arm worked.”
Project Athena was one of several robots used in the Cyber Monday demonstrations, which involved dozens of people.
They used a variety of hardware, including drones, drones armed with lasers and lasers guns, and a laser-based machine gun.
The military’s drones use lasers to penetrate walls and ceilings.
“In the cyber war, the robots have become much more capable and much more powerful than the traditional weapons,” Project Vice President Andrew Sexton told Business in Focus.
“When you have drones that can kill and kill and then kill again, you’ve got a lot of potential for damage.”