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Your principal problem is the aerodynamic profile, center of balance and grip. We run inclining our torsos and waving our arms, forearms and hands to and fro. That creates turbulence. To say nothing of our frontal profile, created by Face + Torso. Center of balance. The head of a cheetah is at our hip. To maneuver around an obstacle we would need a gentle ...


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Most of the time, these robots have other jobs. Your combat androids are not woken up just to fight. They are awake all the time. They can fight. But most of the time they are not fighting. They have civilian jobs. They are stationed in the Outer Dark, working with humans on remote asteroids and stations. It is lonely out there for the humans, and ...


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Fully human-like androids would have the advantage of being able to pass as civilians or even enemy combatants to bypass enemy lines, could be made to be walking bombs that nobody pays attention to until it's too late, and commit acts of discreet sabotage and intelligence gathering that robotic looking soldiers could not.


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To Protect the Human Soldiers You build killer robots so you take fewer human casualties. Everyone cares when people come home in boxes, but no one minds when robots are killed. Your enemy knows this. They preferentially kill the humans, leaving the 'bots when possible. Artillery strikes, sniping, air strikes, ambushes - there are any number of cases ...


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Assymetrical Warfare patrols and Occupation forces Most military conflicts today are not always between two easily identifiable belligerents. Once conquered, there is usually a period of unstable urban patrols, where the occupying force is present but also the enemy is too. Having humanoid robots, that look lifelike and if possible behave human-like, would ...


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The "human shaped" bit is straightfoward enough...it must operate in an environment built for humans, using tools made for humans, and having something that interacts with its surroundings like a human is quite convenient. Looking, sounding and acting like a human, though, that's only really needed for something that has to actually interact with humans in ...


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To Flout International Law Human leaders must enforce a set of standards (commonly known as the Law of War) upon military forces, else they may themselves be subject to prosecution for war crimes. This is one reason real non-humaniform killbots are not under active development for real deployment anywhere. Senior officers tend to think in terms of managing ...


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Instead of AI actively being an antagonist, you should look at it as being a different sort of threat, more like "man against nature". AI in electronic hardware will think a speeds about 1.000.000 X faster than any human or biological brain, since that is the ratio between the speed of electronic impulses and the speed of electrochemical signals in the ...


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Psychological reasons. The enemy has a electromagnetic gun which can disable robots, (because robots can ignore bullets to the chest) so you build them to look like humans and deploy them in mixed groups. If an enemy is faced against a single soldier, they don't know whether to go for the electromagnet guns or to go for the real one.


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