The world-record breaking Cheetah robot was first unveiled by robotics firm Boston Dynamics in 2012, with the quadruped bot managing to break the land-speed record set by humans, running at speeds of up to 29.3 mph (beating Usain Bolt’s record  of27.9mph).

However, the manic sprinter was restrained by hydraulic pumps powering its legs and tethering it to a treadmill. Now Boston Dynamics have released a video of Cheetah’s successor – the WildCat. Although it’s only half as fast as Cheetah (reaching speeds of 16mph) WildCat is completely free-roaming, and is the latest addition to the military-funded company’s roster of ground-breaking robots.

Boston Dynamics is also the team responsible for BigDog and LS3 – quadruped robots designed to act as mules for infantry by carrying heavy equipment across difficult terrain. On-board cameras track its human ‘owner’ and the bot follows automatically behind. CNET recently reported that the LS3 is currently being tested carrying 400lbs (181kg) on a 20-mile journey without refuelling in 24 hours.

Other creations by Boston Dynamics include RHex (an agile and speedy hexapod about the size of a small dog) and ATLAS (‘one of the most advance humanoids ever built’ – with development aimed at using the robot in disaster relief situations). As ever with videos of Boston Dynamics creations the first thought on viewing is of the impending obsolescence and destruction of humanity, but with this latest creation there seems to be at least one consolation: if it does choose to run you down in the street you’ll at least hear it coming a mile off.

The giant four-legged robots George Lucas created for the opening battle of “The Empire Strikes Back” were fictional. But three decades later, a company called Boston Dynamics has made great strides toward making them a reality. With funding from DARPA, the military’s advanced research agency, Boston Dynamics has created a series of robots that are capable of walking, running and climbing on many kinds of terrain.

An older robot, known as Big Dog, can walk up and down hills and keep its balance on snow and ice. In a promotional video, someone shoves Big Dog to the side. The robot staggers sideways but manages to maintain its balance and continue on its route. We don’t know what Google CEO Larry Page plans to do with his latest toys, but we imagine “build an invincible robot army” is somewhere on the long-term business plan.



Scenario when robots rise up against their creators sounds least likely and can be imagined only in futuristic movies. But it doesn’t mean that situation like that will not happen in future. Thousands of drones and robots were used in battles against real people –  for example they were used in Iran and Afghanistan.  Automatic anti-aircraft gun kills by itself with no human control. This situation even happened during trainings. Military investigators seriously talk about the possibility of a Terminator scenario happening in real life and discuss how robots change the rules and ways of modern warfare.

As an example we can talk about Great Britain which created network of satellites to control drones and other military machines. As a matter of fact the system is named the same as the artificial intelligence in the films of the “Terminator” – Skynet…

Computer Virus (Bug…)


A computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, datafiles, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”. Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected hosts, such as stealing hard disk space or CPUtime, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user’s screen, spamming their contacts, or logging their keystrokes. However, not all viruses carry a destructive payload or attempt to hide themselves—the defining characteristic of viruses is that they are self-replicating computer programs which install themselves without the user’s consent.

Advancements In Satellite Communication…


 Satellites have evolutionized communication. Satellite communication has served mankind in many ways for instance its is used to predict  weather and broadcast storm warnings and also provides a wide range of communication services in the fields of relaying television programs, digital data for a multitude of business
services. It might not surprise us if, in near future satellite links are used for voice and fax transmission to aircraft on international routes.


In this present era, communication plays a vital role. We use a wide
range of devices to communicate between two persons placed at different places (irrespective of the distance between them). Any earth-orbiting spacecraft that provides communication over long distances by reflecting or relaying radio-frequency signals. Satellites have evolutionized communication by making worldwide telephone
links and live broadcasts common occurrences. A satellite receives a microwave signal from a ground station on the earth (the uplink), then amplifies and retransmits the signal back to a receiving station or stations on earth at a different frequency (the downlink).


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What you can do well now, robots will do better in the future. For now, we are still needed but robots are already used in space discoveries, places on Earth that are too dangerous for humans, labs and assembly lines, and take part in real human wars.

 We can only hope that robots will not evolve to organize a rebellion.
For now robots complete humans not replacing them completely. Technology moves forward and some robots have already showed themselves in science.

Reasons to Be Terrified of Robots….


Real robot names like Roomba or Asimo don’t cause as much terror as the fictional “Terminator”, but you need to bear in mind that the cleaning robot Roomba  is actually made by iRobot – at the same place as the military robots for United States Armed Forces! And Asimo is only first prototypes of robots that look like real people.

 In Japan and Korea there is a plan of using humanoid robots to look after elderly people, while in the US, robots will be used on the battlefield. Of course, it’s too early to panic: it will take awhile for robots to take over humanity but they certainly can replace us in some other ways…

Global Positioning System…


The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. The system provides critical capabilities to military, civil and commercial users around the world. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.


The GPS project was developed in 1973 to overcome the limitations of previous navigation systems, integrating ideas from several predecessors, including a number of classified engineering design studies from the 1960s. GPS was created and realized by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and was originally run with 24 satellites. It became fully operational in 1995. Bradford Parkinson, Roger L. Easton, and Ivan A. Getting are credited with inventing it.

Space telescope orbiting the earth

Advances in technology and new demands on the existing system have now led to efforts to modernize the GPS system and implement the next generation of GPS III satellites and Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX). Announcements from Vice President Al Gore and the White House in 1998 initiated these changes. In 2000, the U.S. Congress authorized the modernization effort, GPS III

Mobile Communications...


A mobile phone (also known as a cellular phone, cell phone, hand phone, or simply a phone) is a phone that can make and receive telephone calls over a radio link while moving around a wide geographic area. It does so by connecting to a cellular network provided by a mobile phone operator, allowing access to the public telephone network. By contrast, a cordless telephone is used only within the short range of a single, private base station.

In addition to telephony, modern mobile phones also support a wide variety of other services such as text messaging, MMS, email, Internet access, short-range wireless communications (infrared, Bluetooth), business applications, gaming, and photography. Mobile phones that offer these and more general computing capabilities are referred to as smartphones.

The first hand-held cell phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing around 4.4 pounds (2 kg). In 1983, the DynaTAC 8000x was the first to be commercially available. From 1983 to 2014, worldwide mobile phone subscriptions grew from zero to over 7 billion, penetrating 100% of the global population and reaching the bottom of the economic pyramid. In 2014, the top cell phone manufacturers were Samsung, Nokia, Apple, and LG.

Aleem Siddiqui