Teaching Robots To Use Bows And Arrows – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Big day for the robots today! First we give them custody of our elders during their most vulnerable moment (shampooing), and now we’re teaching them rudimentary combat skills.

After being instructed how to hold the bow and release the arrow, the robot learns by itself to aim and shoot arrows at the target. It learns to hit the center of the target in only 8 trials.

Does that sound like good news to anyone?

Of course you might say “Devin, we already have sniper-rifle equipped murdercopters. Why do we need to fear a robot with a bow and arrow?” To which I would respond, you traitor to the human race, that you need to watch Predator and First Blood to see just how effective a bow-and-knife wielding brush-stalking hunterbot could be.

As a final note, why do we insist on putting the creepiest faces on robots? Why not something more, I don’t know, robotic?