Thursday, May 20, 2010
Not ready for prime time
NPR has coverage of the European Robot Trial event in Germany showcasing autonomous military vehicles and other robots. The headline touts the life-saving potential of such machines -- illustrating the logic that makes continued technological pursuit of the goal hard to resist. These are not combat machines, but robots for carrying supplies and other military support functions. Nevertheless, the technological challenges are apparent: "We have seen progress, but not as much as we have wished for," said Dirk Ellinger, director of armaments at the German Defense Ministry.