Russian robot-dog arms look a lot like Netflix’s “Black Mirror”

That’s it black Mirror: The whole point is that it makes us reflect back in ourselves.

on Monday, newsweek informed of, Russia Its Army-2022 presented at the International Military-Technical Forum Arms Conference a robotic dog Capable of carrying and firing weapons. The announcement came nearly six months after the country’s invasion of Ukraine. for fans of black MirrorManifest felt very familiar.

In the black-and-white 2017 episode “Metalhead”, written by series creator Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade, a woman trapped in a barren hellscape must try to escape from robot dogs on the hunt for live humans.

The dystopian series focusing on the dangers of an increasingly technology-dependent world has no shortage of scary and sad episodes. even love stories, like season three amy the winner “san junipero“There’s a little sadness to them. Because, yes, San Junipero on the Beach is where virtual lovers Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) and Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) meet, but a SAN is also a storage area network, and they The opposite of true love – can be bad.

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A Russian officer talks with a Russian robot dog in Army 2022 at Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 16, 2022.
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“Metalhead,” however, was terrifying because its landscape seemed so possible, if not possible. And Russia’s new creation isn’t exactly the first of its kind. After “Metalhead” aired in 2017, the Internet was quick to point out that American robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics had already created the specially named SPOT, which the company described as a “general-purpose robot with wide-ranging applications.” which may include potential military uses. Remote inspection of hazardous environments, rescue operations or logistics operations.” But, the company said, “our robots are not specifically made for any particular government or military purpose.”

place, newsweek Already reported, already being used by at least two police forces in the United States. A spokesman for the St. Petersburg, Florida, Police Department said in February, “It can be used in exceptional circumstances involving risk to human life and/or first responders, including active shooter response, hostage situations, an unstable building.” in search and rescue, exposure to biological or chemical hazards, mass casualties and natural disasters.”

Newsweek reported that at the Army-2022 Weapons Conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, “We are talking about high-precision weapons and robotics, combat systems based on new physical principles,” although he did not specify a robot dog. not mentioned.

Twitter user Rob Lee shared a video of the dog in action, initially posted on Telegram by the Russian-state-owned news service RIA Novosti.

the sixth season of black Mirror It’s reportedly going on, in which Aaron Paul, Zazie Beetz, Kate Mara and other high-profile stars are set to appear.

newsweek Brooker has reached out to Slade and Boston Dynamics for comment.

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