Brainstorming the best military robot

There are two, maybe three, readily available robots in the field now acting as personal assistants to military and security personnel. Some small to be
carried like a briefcase, some larger. I understand they are expensive; but cheap if they can save one single life.
In your opinion, what characteristics, programming options, hardware, interfaces and mobility would the ideal military robot have? Considering all the new 'stuff' coming onto the market, could we not build a robot very specific to end user need much like we can buy a car by looking at colors, combinations, options on a computer at the dealership and push "Buy" and have it delivered within a week? Call it "Build to Order" type robot. Like some industrial computers that can be bought that way - by just plugging in the option and at the factory it's whipped together and shipped UPS the next morning for one day delivery.
So... what would be on your list?
Wayne www.terrasegura.org
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Wayne Lundberg wrote:

Could you provide examples and links to these?
-- Gordon
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Here are a few: http://www.irobot.com/sp.cfm?pageid8 http://www.exponent.com/practices/techdev/MARCbot.html http://www.foster-miller.com/lemming.htm
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Wayne Lundberg wrote:

Well, no one on our side could buy it, given the way GAO procurement goes. But I'm sure the enemy would be ordering in mass quanity. I don't know if discussing such ideas in the open is best for our own security. What do you think?
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The enemy strap themselves into the bomb and look forward to meeting the 72 virgins and don't give a damn about self preservation. We honor life, they honor death. Besides, reading the Koran is certainly not going to lead them into programming a robot and the one or two out of a thousand are more involved in making the bombs that kill our people than detecting our own homemade devices... which don't exist.
But you have a point. And should be considered.
Wayne

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Wayne Lundberg wrote:

I remember a few years ago someone posted here how you could activate a remote device like a bell or a buzzer from a cell phone. It was distinctly an name sounding arabic in derivation, iirc. I thought nothing of it at the time. Several posters here hopped on it, suggesting the answer was one commonly used in foul play. We forget how international usenet truly is. And more read than post.
At the top of the Google posting form I'm now tying into, it says,: "The group you are posting to is a Usenet group. Messages posted to this group will make your email visible to anyone on the Internet." We know the terrorists top people use the internet extensively. Just remember, people who hate you enough to want to kill you will read what you say, if it helps get the job done.
Randy
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RMDumse wrote:

Why do they hate you?
-- JC
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wrote:

Oh, that's an easy one. Hundreds of years ago there was this thing called the Crusades and gosh darnit if it doesn't seem like only yesterday.
BTW I'm still *furious* at the Normans for invading Saxon Britain, actually, no I'm mad at the Saxons for displacing the Britons (damn their continental hides!!!! And don't get me started on Carthage.)
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Tim Polmear wrote:

So, how do you feel about those gosh darned Picts and Celts, then? What's a Roman Empire to do.
Carthage, Carthage... You're, talking about Carthage, Illinois, right?
-- Gordon
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On Wed, 16 Aug 2006 10:20:31 -0700, Gordon McComb

Heh heh. Actually I can't say much against the Celts cause Mum is of Scottish origin and Dad is of Cornish origin, so call me biased but the Celts never did anything wrong. Ever ;)
So the Romans got to Illinois did they? I don't remember reading that in Gibbon's Decline and Fall. I'll have to read the whole thing all over again!!!!!
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Tim Polmear wrote:

There is in fact a very large Italian population in Illinois, specifically Chicago. They're technically Romans, right? <g>
-- Gordon
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RMDumse wrote:

It's a pity that such a simple/useful/interesting thing such as this can end up being seen as a weapon. The information for doing this has been in the public domain for a long time. I wonder if the post was 'hopped on' because of the posters name? If so then that is truly sad.
I'm 37 years old and have lived all my life in a country where there are terrorist attacks. Not discussing technology will not affect attacks it only enforces fear. This fear is the weapon of the terrorist. Is it not more frightening that someone standing next to you could be strapped to a bomb set to go when he/she feels like it? Or are you more afraid that a US$100,000 robot wold come rampaging through the street with guns blazing?
In some countries you can actually own guns legally, that to me is more frightening than terrorism.
It also saddens me that the OP wanted to discuss military hardware instead of something more useful to the general public.
Cheers.
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Wayne Lundberg wrote:

Isn't this a bit racist?
If you've every read the Koran you know that Islam is as much a life-honoring regligeon as anything that Christianity has to offer.
In addition, Islam has historically encouraged the development of technology (modern times not withstanding).
As a member of neither of these religeons I have a fairly neutral viewpoint. And frankly the so-called fundementalists on *both* sides seem to have forgotten their roots.
Also I might suggest that if I worried that any idea I wrote about could be used for evil I would never write again. As it is, I believe that information should be available to everybody.
--
D. Jay Newman ! Author of:
snipped-for-privacy@sprucegrove.com ! _Linux Robotics: Programming Smarter Robots_
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Who is the enemy?

I think we need to discuss the truth in the open, not ideas:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2006/240306alexvideo.htm
http://www.question911.com/linksall.htm
watch the video. This groups is full of intelligent people. See the evidence. Cut beams. Thermate spilling out of buildings that are being professionally demolished.
Who is the enemy? Who killed hundreds of FIREFIGHTERS and citizens?
<sarcasm> Watch out for those guys with bombs on their backs... They're riding buses throughout the USA. </sarcasm>
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Wayne Lundberg wrote:

If the same money spent on military hardware and the military were redirected toward giving people the means by which they could improve their lot in life I think that would save more lives and result in a safer world and less people for the fanatics to convert to fulfill their political ambitions.
-- JC
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    --How much money have you got; i.e. thousands, millions or billions? This would have a *lot* of bearing on the problem, hypothetically speaking...
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Hacking the Trailing Edge! : family crackpot!
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