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U.S. Army Wants More Robots
This undated photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Monday, April 18, 2011 shows a Packbot, made by Bedford, Massachusetts company iRobot. Readings Monday from a Packbot that entered two crippled buildings of Unit 1 and Unit 3 at the tsunami-flooded Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on Sunday for the first time in more than a month displayed a harsh environment still too radioactive for workers to enter. (AP)

This undated photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Monday, April 18, 2011 shows a Packbot, made by Bedford, Massachusetts company iRobot. Readings Monday from a Packbot that entered two crippled buildings of Unit 1 and Unit 3 at the tsunami-flooded Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on Sunday for the first time in more than a month displayed a harsh environment still too radioactive for workers to enter. (AP)

The U.S. Army this week agreed to an $11 million contract with iRobot to purchase 70 of its new, smaller backpack bots used by soldiers around the globe. The company says it has sold more than 4,000 of its robots world wide.

Robots have been a recurring topic for On Point shows:

Author P. W. Singer, one of the country’s authorities on battlefield robotics, joined us to talk about the future of remote controlled war last year.

iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angle joined us in 2009, for a show about robots.

And in 2004, we took a look at the human-robot relationship.

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  • Doverbros

    iRobot is using a frequency to run the robots that belongs to another service. Normal activity could cause the robots to fail

  • Wm. James from Missouri

    Delay that order, Soldier !

  • No

    Funny… iRobot just today announced plans for 44 Massachusetts layoffs in their defense division… anticipating lower spending from the military.

  • Stop the Wars

    More money for obsolete garbage military hardware. A trillion spent in unnecessary wars and no money for health care or education. Students graduating with the burden of massive loans and debt that takes them 20 years to repay. Obscene. Tell your politicians to reexamine American foreign policy objectively. You’ll see it’s quite convoluted which leads us into these absurd conficts. War in Iraq was criminal. You’re telling me it couldn’t have been resolved diplomatically and that a nation of 25 million people was a threat to us or that the threat from terrorists operating out of Afghanisatan could not have been handled through covert means?

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Apr 23, 2014
In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York. Aereo is one of several startups created to deliver traditional media over the Internet without licensing agreements. (AP)

The Supreme Court looks at Aereo, the little startup that could cut your cable cord and up-end TV as we’ve known it. We look at the battle. Plus: a state ban on affirmative action in college admissions is upheld. We’ll examine the implications.

Apr 23, 2014
Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

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Apr 22, 2014
This undated handout photo, taken in 2001, provided by the Museum of the Rockies shows a bronze cast of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as the Wankel T.rex, in front of the Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. (AP)

As a new Tyrannosaurus Rex arrives at the Smithsonian, we’ll look at its home – pre-historic Montana – and the age when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

 
Apr 22, 2014
Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in the town of Suwayrah, 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 21, 2014. Suicide bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed and wounded dozens on Monday, officials said, the latest in an uptick in violence as the country counts down to crucial parliament elections later this month. (AP)

We look at Iraq now, two years after Americans boots marched out. New elections next week, and the country on the verge of all-out civil war.

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