“Spot, the most advanced prototype combat robot manufactured by Boston Dynamics, a company owned by Google, finished testing with the US Marines last week. Spot, the quadruped, electrically operated all-terrain battlefield device walks on four hydraulically actuated legs. It weighs about 160 pounds. A human operator controls the robot wirelessly from a distance of up to a third of a mile using a laptop equipped with a radio transmitter and a video game-like controller.”
“The new Boston Dynamics’ military robot underwent testing alongside other devices as a part of the Marine’s battlefield robotics evaluation program at their base in Quantico, Virginia. The project is supported by Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).”
“Spot has been tested on various missions, including entering buildings, that require peaking around corners and searching for possible threats using its advanced sensors. Besides urban terrain, the robot has proven to operate in woodlands and hills.”
... when the arms industry will fully automate the new weapons, private armies will only serve as assistance to fully automated war machines. We already see the test fields of the weapons of future˙ the drones in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.
It's not accidental that the arms industries demonstrate new weapons designed to be used inside urban areas for suppression of potential riots. There will be no "outside enemy" in the future. The threat for the dominant system will come from the interior, the big urban centers. Soldier-robots will protect worker-robots and resources.