Here's the Ghost Robotics dog-shaped machine, patrolling an airbase in Florida…
here's me on the Marines testing a legged robot back in 2015…
Several legged robots in use by the military…
Australian military testing legged robots…
Legged robot that can climb ladders…
legged robot (LLAMA, this time) for military logistics…
LS3, the Legged Support System dates back to the early days of BigDog, was rejected from military use as too loud…
But also: don't just look at legged robots, there's so much more happening right now
if there's anything you should pick up from my feed whenever Boston Dynamics makes news, it's these two points: 1) dog-shaped robots have already been explored by the military far more than you likely think, 2) those robots are barely a fraction of the armable robots out there

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