Video: Mankind’s dream of an affordable killbot realized!

posted at 2:24 pm on December 5, 2007 by Allahpundit

Just like with computers, they start off exorbitantly expensive, then get smaller and cheaper and soon everyone’s got one. Dude:

How low? Try $30,000 to $50,000. A similar bot, the Talon, which was developed by defense contractor Foster-Miller and is being tested in Iraq, costs six times that amount. “Our system does all the same things as the Talon, weighs half as much, and costs a fraction,” says Gettings.

Dude:

And the AA-12 is versatile. Along with firing ridiculously powerful FRAG-12 ammo – a straight-out-of-Terminator shell that contains a whirling miniature grenade – the AA-12 can handle non-lethal Tasers and even bullets that are deadly up to 120 feet but fall harmlessly by 800 feet.

Here’s the demo. Like Noah Shachtman says, is the military ever going to reach a comfort level with these things where they’re willing to send them out among civilians? Click the image to watch.

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offroadaz on December 5, 2007 at 2:32 PM

All your killbots are belonging to US

William Amos on December 5, 2007 at 2:33 PM

CGI.

jaime on December 5, 2007 at 2:34 PM

So, it shot a couple hundred rounds. Where did it keep all that ammo?

thomashton on December 5, 2007 at 2:34 PM

CGI.

bnelson44 on December 5, 2007 at 2:38 PM

Last Starfighter!

Cuffy Meigs on December 5, 2007 at 2:39 PM

So, AP, AA-12 or i-phone for Christmas?

Matticus Finch on December 5, 2007 at 2:42 PM

Great computer animation of a killbot. Do they have a real one?

I still like the one from Robocop (the one with berserkish tendancies) better. (Nice shooting, son. What’s your name?)

iurockhead on December 5, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Everything does get smaller and more compact. Just look at the CGI representation of full-auto killbots from 1987!

see-dubya on December 5, 2007 at 2:44 PM

It’s all fun and games until they become self-aware.

aero on December 5, 2007 at 2:46 PM

Sara Conner just crossed into Mexico.

Limerick on December 5, 2007 at 2:47 PM

If I had more time I would re-edit that clip I linked at 2:44 into a canadian safety commercial with a chirpy voiceover: “I’m a rising young executive in Detroit, sitting in a fancy boardroom high above the crime down below, My future looks bright. But soon my mom will get a letter from OCP explaining I had been killed in a terrible robot-testing accident because the engineers forgot to hook up the overri….”

see-dubya on December 5, 2007 at 2:48 PM

iurockhead on December 5, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Put down your weapon you have 20 seconds to comply.

BohicaTwentyTwo on December 5, 2007 at 2:48 PM

…can handle non-lethal Tasers…

Don’t taze me robo?

Defense Guy on December 5, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Baby BOLO….

serenity on December 5, 2007 at 2:51 PM

They look impressive, but everyone knows they can be defeated by an army of Jamaican-sounding lizards with blue grenades.

pedestrian on December 5, 2007 at 2:55 PM

Angelina’s anatomy also looked great in Beowolf. The real thing — not so much.

AlexB on December 5, 2007 at 3:03 PM

see-dubya on December 5, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Awesome! Thank you for that see-dub. Made my day!

nailinmyeye on December 5, 2007 at 3:03 PM

The AA-12 is the automatic shotgun the killbot is supposed to be toting. The video shows it armed with what looks like an M249.

Iblis on December 5, 2007 at 3:14 PM

I don’t think I want that pony anymore Dad

Defector01 on December 5, 2007 at 3:20 PM

The video that queued up after this one was one called “Holiday Party Tips“. I wonder if one of those tips was “Don’t get so drunk at your holiday party that you accidently hit the remote on your killbot…”

eeyore on December 5, 2007 at 3:21 PM

…and even bullets that are deadly up to 120 feet but fall harmlessly by 800 feet.

Is this what happens when killbots get ED? Nothing like bringing a robot to an anticlimax.

Overheard at killbot boot camp: “Isaac H. Asimov, son, the best part of you ran down your father’s treads! What is your major malfunction?”

“I/O error at line 26, sir!”

James on December 5, 2007 at 3:22 PM

1. Animation doesn’t impress me much. If it did, my vote goes for the TIE fighter.
2. Can I get one before the end of deer season?

thejackal on December 5, 2007 at 3:24 PM

I’ll be in my bunk…..

TBinSTL on December 5, 2007 at 3:24 PM

DUDE! I want one. With one of those who needs the government to protect me? That is the ultimate! Maybe I’ll get 100 in case I need them.

That’s whas-sup.

ThackerAgency on December 5, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Peculiar nomenclature. AA-12 is also the NATO designation for the Russian R-77 air-to-air missile (also refered to in the west as the Adder, and less officially as the “Amraamski”).

Blacklake on December 5, 2007 at 3:33 PM

Santa? Forget the front teeth, bring me one of them.

liberrocky on December 5, 2007 at 3:41 PM

CGI…show me the video of the real thing doing half of that and I’ll be impressed.

b4itsover on December 5, 2007 at 3:59 PM

see-dubya on December 5, 2007 at 2:48 PM

A little inside baseball but pee-your-pants funny nonetheless.

Bill C on December 5, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Dude, this is perfect!

Killbot
+
Writer Strike
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YKnrj01Ra8&feature=related

On the AA-12 they should never say that it never needs to be cleaned.

The same was said about the M-16.

mad saint jack on December 5, 2007 at 4:21 PM

Sayonara, whistle pig!

T J Green on December 5, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Dude! I know what I want for Christmas!!

crazy_legs on December 5, 2007 at 5:18 PM

They look impressive, but everyone knows they can be defeated by an army of Jamaican-sounding lizards with blue grenades.

please

, someone edumacate this ignorant, uncool (now apparently old) guy what this is a reference to?

urbancenturion on December 5, 2007 at 5:23 PM

They look impressive, but everyone knows they can be defeated by an army of Jamaican-sounding lizards with blue grenades.

please

, someone edumacate this ignorant, uncool (now apparently old) guy what this is a reference to?

New Star Wars.

Also, you hear people talk about the “scary” possibility of human death as a result of robot malfunction, but I bet the rate would be far less than the rate of human death by human malfunction. One could say that error is the essence of being human.

Mephistefales on December 5, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Killbots you say?

Killbots? A trifle. It was simply a matter of outsmarting them.

You see, killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their limit and shut down.

Jones Zemkophill on December 5, 2007 at 5:38 PM

see-dubya on December 5, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Very nice, made me chuckle anyhow.

gekkobear on December 5, 2007 at 5:46 PM

New Star Wars.

Mephistefales on December 5, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Thanks. I had seen that but I had forgotten. Shows one how forgettable/unremarkable those scenes were. Part of my problem is that I saw those things as more amphibious than reptilian, but if the original quote had said amphibians, I still would have not remembered.

urbancenturion on December 5, 2007 at 6:22 PM

AA-12

Stephen M on December 5, 2007 at 7:24 PM

Baby BOLO….

serenity on December 5, 2007 at 2:51 PM

I’ll take one with a freaky deaky death ray please. In honor of Frank J’s idea, we’ll just call it Frank’s Lasermatic 5000. It’s gotta talk though – and have a creepy 50’s robot voice. ; )

Suihei Deloi on December 5, 2007 at 8:04 PM

Personally, I prefer airborne mini-gun porn.

Zorro on December 5, 2007 at 8:59 PM

Sara Conner just crossed into Mexico.

Limerick on December 5, 2007 at 2:47 PM

You win.

– The Cat

MirCat on December 5, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Life just gets better and better for the CQC guys.

Mojave Mark on December 5, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Neat video and impressive if truly believable.

However, why spend to the bucks when I can by a green laser pointer that can blind the enemy and be focused enough to cut through steel and carry on my person without a permit.

That makes me more deadly because you never can see me coming.

MSGTAS on December 6, 2007 at 8:32 AM