back to article Oz robo-soldiers in US Marines' firing line

Sydney based robotics manufacturer Marathon Targets has delivered its first cyber troops to the US Marine Corp as part of a multi-million dollar contract. Marathon Targets won the $AU57 million contract last year with the US Marine Corps Systems Command to trial its advanced robot technology. Following certification, eight …

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My tax dollars at work?

More evidence that the US military budget needs to be drastically cut.

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Oh, no - you're *exactly* wrong. These are totally reusuable - just glue on a new dummy when the old one is all shot-up, and they'll do an *incredible* job of teaching practical combat marksmanship - including how to avoid shooting people you *don't* want shot (like fellow soldiers and civilians) - thus saving a LOT of lives, civilian and soldiers alike.

An absolutely *perfect* use of defense spending.

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for marksmen?

those dummies are wearing hoodies and in one case a baseball cap. I'd suggest thats more like a realistic training scenario for mall cops or maybe the London Met than the Marines

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T-20, T-40, etc...

I assume by the time they get to T-1000 they'll have perfected the mimetic liquid-metal alloy version...

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They are only at T-40...

I guess it will be a few years before they hit upon the 800 series.

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T 20 and T 40 soon the T 600

Or have those inventors just seen too many Terminator movies ?

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Jumping the gun

They can't start the numbering at T20 and T40! FFS, the Terminator 1 is still in alpha and has to run on a tether. Skynet must be sooo disappointed.

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Ha

Give it a slick jaw face and a number of poorly drawn tattoos and those robots could be mistaken for half the population of marrickville or auburn.

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hoodies !

you gotta love that they're wearing hoodies ... if they had trousers no doubt their jocks would be showing too

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What happens if the enemy can't be programmed?

"The free-ranging, armour-plated and networked robots are programmed to mimic human behaviour to provide a realistic, interactive training scenario for marksmen."

They're not realistic until they're capable of shooting back.

And sadly; "Andrew Stoner" is a real name. That's not irony.

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