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Spot Robot Preps for New Testing by Marines

The US Marine Corps will this fall start developmental testing of Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped robot, hoping for a limited technical assessment in 2018. The ultimate goal is for robots to help Marines in the field, whether with patrolling, reconnaissance or other ground tactics. And it seems the Marine Corps has decided four-legged robots is the way to go.
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Spot Robot Preps for New Testing by Marines
By RT Staff · 5 April, 2017 • The US Marine Corps will this fall start developmental testing of Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped robot, hoping for a limited technical assessment in 2018. The ultimate goal is for robots to help Marines in the field, whether with patrolling, reconnaissance or other ground tactics. And it seems the Marine Corps has decided four-legged robots is the way to go.
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Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android
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5 Giant Robots Jeff Bezos Will Love
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Boston Dynamics Handle Robot Carries 100 Lbs, Conquers Stairs
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