Most of the robots currently serving in the U.S. military are simply
mechanized extensions of soldiers; They can execute dangerous maneuvers
and keep people from high-risk situations, but they’re usually tethered
to operators working remotely, and don’t cut down on manpower so much as
they take it out of harm’s way.
But a machine named Octavia, which can respond to visual and verbal commands could pave the way for a
fleet of self-sufficient bots that can be as receptive to a commander
as a human soldier. Octavia was displayed at a sci-tech conference in
Virginia this week.