Nuclear Weapon-Guarding Robots Are Just Biding Their Time

The Hawthorne Army Depot, a 600,000 sq. ft. storage facility in western Nevada, has employed a new race of guards to protect the security of their weaponry and nuclear waste. The MDARS (Mobile Detection Assessment Response Systems) robots patrol the outskirts of the military installation with expert precision only a machine can provide.

With a top speed of 20 mph, the MDARS can patrol continuously for 16 hours, checking the security of gates and locks through RFID technology. If the robot comes in contact with someone or something fishy, cameras, microphones and speakers allow a human to take control of the situation. The robot guards are unarmed for now. They don’t even have the luxury of being programmed with a simple suplex.

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