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Report: Robots Will Have Big Impact on US Military

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U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) Director Col. Gregory Tubbs (at podium) introduces the Multi-Function Agile Remote-Controlled Robot (MARCBOT) during a press conference August 12, 2005. MARCBOT and other examples of the latest portable military technologies soldiers are using in the global war on terrorism were on display. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 20 Feb 2017 09:44 PM

The U.S. military will see a tremendous influx of robots to aid and replace humans, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.

"Just as in the civilian economy, automation will likely have a big impact on military organizations in logistics and manufacturing," Michael Horowitz, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a weaponized robots researcher, told the newspaper.

"The U.S. military is very likely to pursue forms of automation that reduce ‘back-office’ costs over time, as well as remove soldiers from non-combat deployments where they might face risk from adversaries on fluid battlefields, such as in transportation."

Military robotics are so advanced, reports GQ, that companies like Boeing and Northrop Grumman are building unmanned fighter jets and, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 will likely be the last manned strike aircraft purchased by the U.S. Navy according to comments made by U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in 2015.

Robots’ jobs, per the Union-Tribune, could be anything from a computer designed to diagnose diseases and assist in operating rooms to a machine that rips out sea mines by hand.

"Robots will continue to replace the dirty, dull and dangerous jobs, and this will affect typically more uneducated and unskilled workers," Henrik Christensen, director of the Institute for Contextual Robotics at U.C. San Diego, told the Union-Tribune. "You need to look at the mundane things. Logistics tasks will not be solved by people driving around in trucks. Instead, you will have fewer drivers. The lead driver in a convoy might be human, but every truck following behind will not be. The jobs that are the most boring will be the ones that get replaced because they’re the easiest to automate."

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The U.S. military will see a tremendous influx of robots to aid and replace humans, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune. Just as in the civilian economy, automation will likely have a big impact on military organizations in logistics and manufacturing, Michael Horowitz, an...
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