Sunday, January 29, 2012

Petman and AlphaDog Robots: Man and Dog of the Future

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Strange Days Indeed An anthropomorphic robot (Petman) and a legged squad support system (AlphaDog) by Boston Dynamics generate worst-case science fiction scenarios. First for military deployment, then law enforcement, then all sorts of mayhem is possible as artificial intelligence increases with this duo. A combination of the Terminator and the War of the Worlds coming to our lives as we become progressively less relevant. AlphaDog is the descendant of BigDog, which was reviewed in a previous post, LittleDog & BigDog Robots, USC & DARPA show latest versions & abilities.

PETMAN PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot developed by Boston Dynamics for testing special clothing used by US military personnel. PETMAN balances itself as it walks, squats and does calisthenics. PETMAN simulates human physiology by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating inside the clothing to provide realistic test conditions. PETMAN development is lead by Boston Dynamics, working in partnership with Measurement Technologies Northwest, Oak Ridge National Lab and MRIGlobal. The work is being done for the DoD CBDP. For more information about PETMAN visit us at

Meet the Future: Petman

AlphaDog Proto The AlphaDog Proto is a lab prototype for the Legged Squad Support System, a robot being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. When fully developed the system will carry 400 lbs of payload on 20-mile missions in rough terrain. The first version of the complete robot will be ready in 2012. This video shows early results from the lab where we are developing the control systems and locomotion platform. This lab prototype is powered remotely. AlphaDog will draw power from an internal combustion engine, which we designed to be 10x quieter than BigDog. The field version of AlphaDog will have a sensor head packed with terrain sensors. Boston Dynamics leads a development team that includes AAI Corp, Bell Helicopter, CMU/NREC, FEV, JPL and Woodward HRT. For more information visit us at

Meet the Future: AlphaDog

Worst-Case Scenario: Petman of the Future in a Bad Mood

Worst-Case Scenario: AlphaDog of the Future in a Bad Mood


Friday, January 20, 2012

Big Brother and the National Defense Authorization Act: Americans Lose More Freedoms and Rights

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Americans Lose More Freedoms and Rights: Big Brother and the National Defense Authorization Act When Alex Jones agrees with Steven Colbert, Occupy Wall Street, and the ACLU, something is going down. What went down was on December 31, 2011 when President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA is approved annually to appropriate funding for the Department of Defense, along with other provisions. Among the provisions is an expansion of powers of the President against enemies of the United States, including indefinite detention by the Armed Forces.

The question is whether American citizens, even within the boundaries of the United States, can be arrested by the Armed Forces, by order of the President, and indefinitely detained without trial. Many think so. The ACLU states, "The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision". Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director, said, "President Obama's action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law. We are incredibly disappointed that President Obama signed this new law even though his administration had already claimed overly broad detention authority in court".

Specifically, the President has authority to detain, via the Armed Forces, any person "who was part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners," and anyone who commits a "belligerent act" against the U.S. or its coalition allies, under the law of war, "without trial, until the end of the hostilities authorized by the [AUMF or Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists]." The text also authorizes trial by military tribunal, or "transfer to the custody or control of the person's country of origin," or transfer to "any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity." An amendment to the Act that would have explicitly forbidden the indefinite detention without trial of American citizens was rejected by the Senate.

The Word - Catch 2012 (Steven Colbert) The National Defense Authorization Act strikes at the heart of the most notorious safe haven for terrorists: the U.S. Constitution.


Obama Signs Martial Law Bill: NDAA Now Law (Alex Jones) President Obama who pledged to veto the National Defense Authorization Act has signed it. Of course his promise was only for public consumption. After all lying to your enemy is what invading corporate takeover army's do. It was the Obama administration all along that demanded the indefinite detention provisions be added while at the same time telling the America people he was fighting to protect their rights. This is treason on parade, in your face all out despotism!


Grand Central Terminal Arrests (OccupyTVNY) Two protesters mic check about the loss of freedom brought about by the passage of the NDAA and both are promptly arrested and whisked out of public sight.

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Wikipedia)
Bill Text, 112th Congress (2011-2012), H.R.1540.ENR (The Library of Congress)
President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law (ACLU)
Indefinite Detention, Endless Worldwide War and the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (ACLU)

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