• Unlike other robotic targets, which are joystick-controlled, the Marathon robots are autonomous: the on-board software allows the robot to react the way that combatants might typically behave, using sensors to locate themselves and other targets while moving in and out of buildings on a live-fire all-terrain range. 

  • A separate study found that robot training allowed 3.5x more personnel to be trained in the same time period compared to traditional training methods. 

  • Dr Brooks did acknowledge the rising concern about autonomous robots and the risks that they might pose. He argues against weapons-toting robots, saying they currently lacked the "perception" of humans – making them, for example, unable to distinguish whether the person carrying a bundle was carrying a baby or was a suicide bomber.

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