Below is a 30 minute video of one reporter’s trip to the DARPA funded robotics labs at Virginia Tech to answer the question of whether these robots are being developed as weapons, or whether they are truly to “save lives” and “rescue people trapped by natural disasters.”
It has a couple of good examples of robots in action.
A counter point is offered by a woman who feels certain that the military will weaponize anything that can be weaponized — that is just what the military is all about — winning wars.
No sooner does the Army representative explain to the reporter the humanitarian intent of the bomb disposal robot (to save lives) does the story cut to a unit with a fully automatic gun attached to the same “bomb disposal robot.”
And here is Atlas, from Boston Dynamics, who has learned to do a backflip. (ht Saxplayer)