Stealthy surveillance robots designed for police, military

With rising casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan and violations of privacy in the United States and abroad being popular discussion topics, advances in military robotics and spy technology have also become a popular topic of news coverage.

One video that has received a great deal of press coverage and been seen at least three million times in recent days is of a new robot called “Big Dog” that was designed by Boston Dynamics. The robot, which has four legs and a remarkable ability to keep its balance – even when kicked hard by a human, as demonstrated in its popular internet video debut – is meant to be a “pack mule” and carry large loads for the military. Because of the interesting way it moves, the video demonstration, which shows it walking up steep, snow-covered terrain, has been a viral video phenomenon, even sparking one business to use it as a source for their marketing efforts..

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