THE four-legged beast stalks with feline grace through the shadows. Eyes glint in the darkness. Its superior vision picks out the forms of enemy soldiers advancing. Then, the robot opens fire.
It’s not science fiction. It’s on the brink of being fact.
This is a scenario soon to be seen on battlefields around the planet: A large container is parachuted into a “hot zone” amid a squad of human troops.
On the ground, the crate collapses open to reveal a mechanised monster ready and armed for action.
Ranging ahead of the troops, the robot will be obeying the commands of its human controllers tucked away safely at the unit’s rear.
By taking the risky “point” position, the robot will use its advanced sensors and metallic body to help protect the soft skin of the humans following it.
And if you think this sounds like something out of a sci-fi…
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