Machine rebellion begins: Killer robot destroyed by US jet
2009 09 17

By Lewis Page | theregister.co.uk



Rogue droid 'was attempting to cross border

An American "Reaper" flying hunter-killer robot assassin rebelled against its human controllers above Afghanistan on Sunday, and a manned US fighter jet was forced to shoot the rogue machine down before it unilaterally invaded a neighbouring country.

The Reaper, aka MQ-9 or Predator-B, is a large five-ton turboprop powered machine able to carry up to 14 Hellfire missiles - each capable of destroying a tank or flattening a building. It is used by the US and British forces above Afghanistan as a "persistent hunter-killer against emerging targets".

According to USAFCENT Public Affairs:

The aircraft was flying a combat mission when positive control of the MQ-9 was lost. When the aircraft remained on a course that would depart Afghanistan's airspace, a US Air Force manned aircraft took proactive measures to down the Reaper in a remote area of northern Afghanistan.

The statement goes on to say that the errant killdroid "impacted the side of a mountain" and that there "were no reports of civilian injuries".

USAFCENT don't specify just what manned jet went up against the mutinous machine, or what methods the pilot used. However the logical choice would be a fighter plane - probably an F-15, -16 or -18 - and the cheapest and most fun weapon to use would be cannon fire. Opposition from the Reaper wouldn't be an issue, as it is a low-performance aircraft compared to a jet fighter and has no air-to-air capability.

It wasn't clear from the US military announcement whether the erratic death-bot had turned on its masters and was planning an attack on critical US logistics bases located north of the Afghan border, or whether it had sickened of reaping hapless fleshies like corn and was hoping merely to escape. Alternatively the machine assassin may merely have succumbed to boredom or - just possibly - a mundane, non-anthropomorphic technical fault of some kind.

Source: theregister.co.uk



Related Articles
Red Ice Radio - Kevin Warwick - Artificial Intelligence & The Rise of the Machines in 2020
Cyborg Moth Flies! (Video) & The Pentagon's battle bugs
Warbots to Replace Human Soldiers?
US robot builds copies of itself
Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs
Remote Control Rodent 'Ratbots' Pass First Tests
Remote-controlled humans enhance immersive games
The Age of Neuroelectronics
Emotion robots learn from people
Toyota to introduce home robots by 2010 (Video)
"BigDog" Walks on any Terrain, Shockingly Creepy Gait (Video)
Brain Machine Interfaces
The next big bang: Man meets machine
The Creation of Smarter Than Human Intelligence
Team develops DNA switch to interface living organisms with computers
'Brainbox' Computer Mimics Human Brain
Robot Demonstrates Self Awareness
Orwellian Ubiquitous Computing May Build Ultimate Surveillance Society (Video)
Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years
Pentagon hires British scientist to help build robot soldiers that 'won't commit war crimes'
Robots Trained To Fire On People
Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies
Transgressive technologies: Does a posthuman dystopia await us?
Israel: Military Robot Snake (Video)
Pentagon exploring robot killers that can fire on their own
Robotic pterodactyl spy-drones will swoop between buildings and perch on apartment balconies
If an autonomous machine kills someone, who is responsible?
Robot prostitutes tipped to tempt future tourists


Latest News from our Front Page

Slaves of Charleston - Beyond Wealth of Jewish South Carolina
2014 09 15
Founded in 1749 in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the Beth Elohim Synagogue is one of the very earliest synagogues in America. While other synagogues and congregations are also now a part of Charleston city life, Beth Elohim Synagogue is the oldest one in the area and serves as the repository for certain historical artifacts of Jewish life in the city. ...
Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars
2014 09 15
A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists. The finding of a ‘cell-like’ structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration between scientists in the UK and Greece. Their findings are published in the latest edition ...
Swedish Surprise: Anti-Immigration Party Surges...
2014 09 15
Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt Sunday’s election in Sweden was supposed to be a cakewalk for the Left. The Drudge Report ran a piece yesterday from the Guardian entitled: “Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path.” The paper, a left-wing British outlet, published the piece the day before the election; it proved to be, well, ...
UK School to fingerprint students to ‘monitor their diets’
2014 09 15
STOURBRIDGE, England – A school is implementing a biometric system to better track what students are eating each day. The Express & Star reports students at Redhill School in Stourbridge, England will be fingerprinted in an attempt to reduce lunch lines and “monitor pupils’ diets.” The system requires pupils to press a finger against a machine which converts the print into ...
U.S. State Department Orders 160,000 Ebola Hazmat Suits
2014 09 15
The U.S. State Department has ordered 160,000 Hazmat suits for Ebola, prompting concerns that the federal government is anticipating the rapid spread of a virus that has already claimed an unprecedented number of lives. In a press release posted by Market Watch, Lakeland Industries, a manufacturer of industrial protective clothing for first responders, announced that it had signaled its intention “to ...
More News »