Samsung Files Patent for Sentry Robot Turret

Despite the occasional banged drum from people who have watched Robocop too many times, autonomous robots will not be allowed to shoot humans with weapons any time soon. We can't even make convincing artificial intelligence in our video games yet. You expect us to be able to create a bot that can distinguish threat levels from humans with executive certainty? Not happening. But that doesn't mean we aren't arming our robots. Unwired View uncovered this patent from Samsung for a sentry robot based on tried-and-true designs from near-future videogames everywhere: rotating turret with camera eyes and guns that retract behind armor. It certainly wins a prize for looking lethal. These kind of sentry machines probably will be created at some point, but for foreseeable future they'll still be overseen by human operators that will be the one to actually pull the trigger. And I'm fine with that. SAMSUNG ROBOT SENTRY CAN SHOOT YOU ON SIGHT [Unwired View via Crunchgear]
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11 Responses to Samsung Files Patent for Sentry Robot Turret

  1. hibiscusroto says:

    didn’t Steve Guttenberg already patent this?

  2. Geno Z Heinlein says:

    Did anyone else notice the Aliens theme going on today? :-)

  3. Mac says:

    “These kind of sentry machines probably will be created at some point, but for foreseeable future they’ll still be overseen by human operators that will be the one to actually pull the trigger. And I’m fine with that.”

    Err – you mean that the human operators will be the kind of people the TSA employ – such as the air marshall who pointed his glock semiautomatic pistol at passengers? The one who had twice applied to be a cop but FAILED the psych tests? Who had forcefully arrested a passenger because ‘We didn’t like the way you looked at us?’

    That’s the kind of human who will be in charge of the robot.

    (To be fair, the TSA spokesman said that the passenger’s offense was ‘observing too closely’. I’d trust a robot more than a guy who’d had 2 weeks training after failing psych tests)



  4. mutagen says:

    Can video game concepts be used as prior art to invalidate patents? Cause I spent quite a bit of time running from these, shooting at these and even building these in HL & TFC!

  5. Scuba SM says:

    I remember seeing something very much like this over a year ago in Popular Science. I seem to recall that they were intended for deployment along the North Korea – South Korea border.

  6. Anonymous says:

    There is a strong possibility that we have Shoot on sight Turrets that employ motion and heat sensors. Anything moves with a heat signiture and it gets filled full o lead (or plutonium tipped rounds).

    And seriously…. Do you really think they would put military grade AI in our computer games. Get real man.

  7. Anonymous says:

    As an earlier comment stated, a South Korean University has already developed a wonderful ED-209 meets Johnny-5 sentry robot, complete with machine gun and soothing female voice. Soon to replace traffic cameras at an intersection near you!

  8. Harisn says:

    It’s only a matter of time before these robots become violent and rebellious towards their owners.

  9. hanzo says:

    Currently I am working in place deploying a system not unlike this.

    If one were to google “DoDaam aEgis” you would find the exact system we have deployed.

  10. BenjaminWright says:

    As robots become more common and invasive, legal issues will arise. Contracts will be one social device for regulating and limiting robot behavior.

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