First Casualty of the Human Robo Conflict

First Casualty of the Human Robo Conflict

Posted On: January 26, 2009
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This is the shot heard round the world, people. But there was no report, only a satisfying ‘pew’ as Boeing’s Laser Avenger blew the crap out of a UAV, effectively sounding the beginning of the human vs robot war.
Boeing’s robo-takedown also marks the first time that a combat vehicle has used this technology to zzzzap a “flying robot” out of the sky. One of the advantages to possessing laser-based weapons like this one is that, unlike with traditional weaponry, the source of the fire is extremely difficult to determine.
It will take a while for the robots to find a viable defense to this menacing laser technology, and until then we can continue to beam them out of the sky (don’t let them know about big mirrors).

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