Vision 60/SPUR quadrupedal war robot prompts AI weaponisation fears

Occurred: October 2021

A robot dog armed with a sniper rifle capable of hitting targets from 3,940 feet away was criticised as 'terrifying', 'dystopian' and a 'nightmare'.

Manufactured by Ghost Robotics and arms manufacturer SWORD International and unveiled at a US Army trade show, the 'Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle' (SPUR) can be remotely instructed to load, unload and fire.

SPUR is 'the future of unmanned weapons system — and that future is now', according to SWORD International.

Critics have long voiced concerns over the weaponisation of robot quadrupeds.

Operator: Ghost Robotics
Developer: Ghost Robotics, Sword International
Country: USA
Sector: Aerospace/defence
Purpose: Kill/main adversaries
Technology: Robotics
Issue: Appropriateness/need; Ethics/values

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Type: Issue
Published: October 2021