The U.S. Military Is Offering $2 Million To Anyone Who Can Build A Robot Soldier
By Julie Bort
April 11, 2012
The U.S. military has $34 million in prize money and it wants to see a robot fight.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued an all-call to anyone who can build a human-like robot capable of doing the kinds of things soldiers would do in dangerous conditions.
It’s called the DARPA Robotics Challenge and the winner will get a $2 million cash prize. DARPA also plans to award multiple $1 million prizes to other teams that do well.
To get the money, contestants will basically have to build the kind of thing only seen in sci-fi movies.
DARPA is looking for a robot that can do difficult tasks in combat conditions like use human hand tools, drive a car, climb a ladder, walk over rubble, locate and close a valve near a leaking pipe. …