The time has finally come for robots to duke it out. According to ScienceAlert, to keep up with the ongoing threat presented by China, the United States is kicking a robot army into gear. The news came from the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, who says that over the next two years, the U.S. military will begin to push forward with plans of building thousands of these robots for battle in an initiative called Replicator.
While the military has long been using technology to aid in its operations, this new robot army is unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. The Replicator initiative will work double time to pump out staggering numbers of these systems that will then be passed out to the various branches of the military. Like something straight out of a piece of sci-fi, the robot wars are looming just over the horizon.
While drones have long been a useful and heavily turned-to weapon, the news of a robot army really tips the scales for the country that can produce both the highest quality and quantity. Unfortunately, for underdeveloped nations, this means that they’ll be more of a target than before, making organizations like the United Nations more important than ever.
With the war in Ukraine raging on, the use of technology has moved to the forefront, giving the rest of the world a peek into the future. While Russia may have kicked off the invasion, believing that Ukraine would simply fold to its will, Ukraine has fought back, using naval drones to hit Russia’s Black Sea fleet, putting them out of commission.
With countries like Russia and China (both considered to be potential threats to the United States and its allies) jumping the gun (so to speak) and building up their military technology, Hicks says the time is now for the U.S. to do the same.