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    Gah...you know, I thought I'd put the uncanny valley aside and just revel in its coolness, but that headless thing with its club feet is seriously creepy. They could make back their research costs just by putting it in a horror film, no changes necessary.

    That side, it's still really cool.
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      CommentAuthoriangil
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
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    The potential this kind of tech has for people with disabilities and amputated limbs is awesome. But it'll turn battlefields into even more horrifying places: imagine the psychological effect of knowing that your enemy has agile, unfeeling robo-monsters at their disposal.

    All of a sudden, the new Metal Gears in the MGS4 previews look, um...plausible.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
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    What would be really weird if it was used for artificial limbs is that you would have the potential to put your legs on autopilot.

    I was thinking about it's use in the military as well. Like I said before, it reminds me of Half Life 2, like one of the robots that would come and attack you. Can you imagine if they managed to get these things to be able to run, and attached guns to them?
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      CommentAuthoriangil
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
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    @liquidcow: The horror. BigDog reminds me of Japanese horror film creatures. Or Terminator. Or maybe their bastard Gigeresque AT-AT child. The more obvious it is that it's a robot and the more it moves like a biological creature, the more insanely creepy it becomes.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
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    I think that's why it reminded me of a spider and why it creeped me out. Insects are sort of like living things with a machine-like mentality, so like when they kick it and it adjusts itself and carries on, the way it moves is like how a spider would do it. I think it's just the idea that something is alive but it has no capability for reasoning or emotional response that is quite scary.
    • CommentAuthorPablo
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
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    Wow. That's incredible. And, yes, rather scary-looking.


    Sending it to my brother.
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
     (1446.27)
    @liquidcow
    Well I don't think it's going to matter when they attach some giant subwoofers to it and ride around blaring out gangsta rap.
    Are you kidding? The extra noise will totally blow the ambiance!

    But I was thinking more that the noise was gonna make it tough to use it stealthily. Plus until they're cheaper than using poor brainwashed people, I wouldn't worry too much about them being bomb delivery systems. You can hear em' coming and they're probably as vulnerable to ordinance as any other mechanical thing.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
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    ...so, no one else went "awww! I want one!"

    I didn't find this scary at all, but I did feel bad when the guy kicked it. Oddly enough, if they'd given it "skin" to make it look like a dog, that would have been terrifying.