I, for one, welcome our new robotic killdozer overlords

Israel to deploy robot bulldozers: Officials say the towering D-9 bulldozer has been modified to eliminate the risk to drivers.

"Today the bulldozer drivers are exposed to great danger when they knock down buildings that have militants hiding in them," Israel's Technion Institute of Technology, which developed the robot version, quoted an unnamed army officer as saying.

"The whole idea is despicable," said chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. "If an unmanned bulldozer is used, human life is in much greater danger."

The new bulldozers are expected to go into service in the next few weeks.

This article is from 31-Oct-2003; I haven't come across any later updates...

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8 Responses:

  1. Caterpillars need lebensraum too.

    Dont tell godwin.

  2. Anyone remember the carnivorous slug-hunting robot powered by chemically digesting its victims? Now imagine the possibilities of combining the two concepts: killer robots which do not require refuelling.

    • jwz says:

      My first reaction was that I'll bet these dozers can't eat Palestinians, because Palestinians aren't kosher. But then I wonder, are these bulldozers technically Jewish? They're from an American company, but they are heavily modified by the Israeli army... Is that a "conversion" process, or are they more like "shabbos goys"?

      • wsxyz says:

        Apparently God only restricts what humans can eat. I never noticed anyone being upset about animals eating swine or crustacians.

        So I suppose there wouldn't be any dietary restrictions on what autonomous carnivorous bulldozers ate either.

  3. baconmonkey says:

    ...that were are one step closer to the formation of Devastator

  4. pygmalion says:

    Militants. You mean like the Palastinians who refuse to leave their homes and are bulldozed within?

  5. jlindquist says:

    "modified to eliminate the risk to drivers"? Last I heard, all you needed for that was a layer of concrete sandwiched between two sheets of half-inch steel. And a crane to lift the cage off again, as I doubt Israeli soldiers are suicidal.