29 November 2010

Guns! Robots! Thankfully not working together!

JamulBlog | SlightlyLoony | Super-Weapon for Infantrymen is Now in Afghanistan...

The XM25 rifle fires 25mm (about 1 inch) diameter rounds that explode behind or over cover hiding enemy soldiers. It's a game-changer that has the potential to revolutionize infantry warfare – and very much to our troops' advantage, since our current enemies are unlikely to be able to duplicate (or even understand) the technology.

Combat trials of this weapon system have begun, and the initial reports are very positive. The weapon is at least as effective as advertised, and is unexpectedly easy for our troops to pick up and use.

The Taliban just got some bad news.

The video below explains how the XM25 works, and here's more information.

First of all: wow. One step closer to Starship Troopers.

Second of all: Judge John Hodgman's recently ruled in the negative to the question of "Are machine guns robots?" (And quite correctly so, if I may add.) HOWEVER! as a result of the above video new shit has come to light. Is this grounds for an appeal? I put the question to you, fake internet jurists.

Third of all: Let's have a video of something which is indisputably a robot!

I've read plenty of papers with Reinforcement Learning-derived and other controllers for the inverted pendulum problem, but I've never seen a double pendulum.  All I have to say is "yowzers."  (Yes, I just said "yowzers."  I stand by that decision.)  I shall have to look into this beauty when time permits.

(Via Mungowitz)

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