Armed and dangerous?
APL's Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) recently made the news when a woman, paralyzed from the neck down, was able to control it with her thoughts. - goo.gl/O4lld
The clip below demonstrates the arm's amazing capabilities. It offers 22 degrees of motion, including independent movement of each finger, in a package that weighs about nine pounds (the weight of a natural limb). Providing nearly as much dexterity as a natural limb, the MPL is capable of unprecedented mechanical agility.
This news, of course, brings a smile to my face as it will help a lot of people, dramatically increasing their quality of life, but it's important to keep in mind that such robotic systems will have other applications as well.'Iron Man' Actor Clark Gregg Spends a Day With the Raytheon Sarcos XOS 2 Exoskeleton
Right now we have people controlling robots in far away warzones - mostly aerial drones - but in the future we might see humans using exoskeletons, BCIs or extremely accurate motion trackers to translate their movement to humanoid robotic platforms. When you consider that using drones is not considered to be an act of war and does not need congressional approval... Not to mention that the use of a robotic ground force might have unintended consequences; actually feeding extremism instead of serving as a deterrent.
The Robotics Revolution - goo.gl/DCa4G
Drones today... Robocop tomorrow? - goo.gl/5Bpbc
Via +Ethan Smith
& +Ninja On Rye