September 17, 2013
The CIDETEC Centre for Electrochemical Technologies is where researchers have invented a self-healing polymer that can fuse back together without heat or light.
Dubbed the new Terminator polymer , this plastic can be cut in half and reconnect to “heal” itself just as the liquid metal robot did in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The technical term for the material is a “permanently cross-linked poly(urea-urethane) elastomeric network.”
The authors of the research paper explained : “The fact that poly(urea-urethane)s with similar chemical composition and mechanical properties are already used in a wide range of commercial products makes this system very attractive for a fast and easy implementation in real industrial applications.”
With a minimal amount of time, the “self-healing thermoset elastomer” can reattach to mend itself because the material is derived from a Velcro-like sealant.
San Sebastian, lead researcher explained that “after being cut in two and the pieces pushed back together, one sample 97 per cent healed in two hours.”
The team said “such a material presents near quantitative self-healing efficiency at room-temperature, without the need for any external intervention such as heat or light.”
Perhaps the researchers for the Royal Society that have developed this self-healing polymer, could use it in tandem with Atlas; the humanoid robot that stands over 6 feet tall and weighs 290 pounds, being called “one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built.”
Atlas was created by Boston Dynamics, INC, (BD) with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
This robot “is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.”
Bult like a human, Atlas has “sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.”
Last August, Boston Dynamics won a $10.9 million contract to manufacture humanoid robots that are bi-pedal, built like humans and have a sensor head with on-board computing capabilities. Completion of the project is expected for August of 2014.
These robots are being created to assist in excavation and rescue missions, according to DARPA . They could also be employed to evacuation operations during either man-made or natural disasters.
Kent Massey, director of advanced programs for HDT Robotics , who attended the DARPA meeting in which the purpose of the allocation of humanoid robotic technology was explained, said: “The goal of this Grand Challenge is to create a humanoid robot that can operate in an environment built for people and use tools made for people. The specific challenge is built around an industrial disaster response.”
These human-controlled robots will be strong enough to “clear a room” and “facilitate sentry control and combat causality recovery.” Yet these “terminators” would easily be the most effective weapon against civil unrest or radical revolutionaries that did not subscribe to the globalist agenda.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report entitled “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots” which warns that autonomous synthetic armed forces lack conscious empathy that human soldiers have and could perform lethal missions without provocation.
Autonomous synthetic robots used as weapons cannot inherently conform to “the requirements of international humanitarian law” as they cannot adequately distinguish “between soldiers and civilians on the battlefield or apply the human judgment necessary to evaluate the proportionality of an attack – whether civilian harm outweighs military advantage.”
Using the excuse that these robots would save military lives in combat situations, does not address the fact that they are fully programmable computers lacking compassion for human life – whether it is for the targeted “enemies” or civilians.
The HRW report states: “Human emotions provide one of the best safeguards against killing civilians, and a lack of emotion can make killing easier. Emotions should be viewed as central to restraint in war.”
Indeed, the responsibility factor is questionable on a legal stand-point because who is ultimately responsible for the actions of a synthetic armed force robot?
Would the ultimate charge fall to the:
HRW, a non-governmental organization, has partnered with Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic to demand that an international treaty be drawn that would strictly “prohibit the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons.”
The restriction of national governments from developing, producing and using these “weapons” within domestic borders is also being brought to light.