Saturday, 7 January 2017
Combat androids are only briefly mentioned in Bad Dog, but they're central to the back ground setting of my universe, and in the sequel Strike Dog one will get to see them in action for the first time. My combat androids are based off the Boston Dynamics company Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin–PetMan–a project designed to fulfill a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) brief.
However, in won't be until final book Ghost Dog that you will get to see combat androids deployed in anger against an enemy.
The Bad Dog universe military designation is HOS, which stands for Human Operator Surrogate, and they're semi-autonomous robots with a hybrid expert system artificial intelligence operating system. Think of them as walking drones that require a human to controller to OK the firing of weapons.
This allows the operator to effectively operate twelve PetMen, with the network allowing them to multi-task, and therefore one soldier can act as a squad. The PetMen acting as both a force multiplier, and reducing the number of soldiers exposed to enemy fire. In my imagination Global Dynamics Corporation Defense Industries sales pitch would call them An Army of One.