I've kept up with this since the first iteration. Pretty cool how far they've come with it.
Hopefully they don't turn on their masters.
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ehhh, they need to make it EMP immune somehow first before even considering a military application.
I've been following this little guy's developement too. It's pretty neat to see it progress so much.
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lol, you just aren't being imaginative enough. If you build a Faraday cage around the critical components and isolate said components with non-conductive materials as well as rubber feet on the robot... this thing should be safe from an EMP burst, except maybe those caused by a nuclear attack... which at that point, I don't think the cheetah would be the target, rather the collateral damage.
I'm not saying it has no application, but the technology isn't advanced enough to warrant millions of dollars to fund it.
But once the technology matures, something like this would have potential of blending into surroundings as wildlife, a stray dog, etc. for purposes of recon. It could be used for searching buildings; legs work better than wheels for getting up stairs and climbing over obstacles. It could be weaponized, to carry out smaller scale strikes, or assassinations, that would not put humans at risk, and have less collateral damage compared to an explosive dropped from the sky.
Also, navigation under conditions where communication is unavailable is possible. If the goal is supply troops in hard to reach places, set a GPS coordinate, and the robot can plot it's course, when GPS is unavailable, locally stored maps, in combination with the many sensor this thing would have will allow the robot to navigate to it's destination.