Boston Dynamics pledges to never weaponize its robots2022-10-06 18:31 by Daniela
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Several robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, are pledging not to support the weaponization of their products and are calling for others in the industry to do the same, according to a letter shared first with Axios.Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics and Unitree Robotics all joined Boston Dynamics in the agreement.
"We believe that adding weapons to robots that are remotely or autonomously operated, widely available to the public, and capable of navigating to previously inaccessible locations where people live and work, raises new risks of harm and serious ethical issues," the group wrote. "Weaponized applications of these newly-capable robots will also harm public trust in the technology in ways that damage the tremendous benefits they will bring to society."
The piece comes amid mounting concern around the proliferation of advanced robotics systems like Boston Dynamics' Spot and Agility's Digit. Fictional works like "Black Mirror," coupled with real-world efforts like the Ghost Robotics dog that has been outfitted with a sniper rifle, have raised significant red flags for many.
Earlier this year, a video showed one such robot dog being outfitted with an SMG, which can be fired remotely. Since then, other YouTubers have done the same, demonstrating that it isn't hard to weaponize the technology, although the results vary. Meanwhile, in Russia, one company even placed a rocket launcher on a robot dog.
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