From the article:
Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, said the robot was “an incredible technical achievement, but it’s unfortunate that it’s going to be used to kill people”.
“But of course if it’s used for combat, it would be killing civilians as well as it’s not going to be able to discriminate between civilians and soldiers.”
The Cheetah Robot developed by Boston Dynamics breaks the speed record – Video courtesy of Darpa and Boston Dynamics
– Cheetah Robot ‘Runs Faster Than Usain Bolt’ (BBC News, Sep 6, 2012):
A robot called Cheetah has set a new world speed record for legged robots, running faster than the fastest human.
The headless machine, funded by the Pentagon, reached 28.3mph (45.5km/h) when tested on a treadmill.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s top speed is 27.78mph (44.7km/h).