A few days ago the Department of the Navy solicited procurement for Lego Mindstorm NXT Robotics Kits, for use at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. These programmable kits allow users to not only build robots, but also provide software to test and modify real-life robotic behaviors. Hello Skynet!
Lego Mindstorms features an advanced 32-bit computer-controlled NXT brick, interactive servo motors, Bluetooth communication and multiple downloading capabilities. Each kit includes touch, light, sound and ultrasonic sensors with compass, color and accelerometer add-ons.
The Naval Supply Systems Command Logistics Center, located Norfolk, VA, put in the request a few days ago:
The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk, Norfolk, VA intends to solicit a sole source procurement action with Firm Fixed-Price provisions for Lego Mindstorm NXT Robotics kits from Lego Education, Pittsburg, KS for the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. The Robotic kits will be acquired in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) [US Navy]
I think we all know where this is heading. One can only hope that these Lego robots never become self-aware and turn on us. Imagine the horror of an artificially-intelligent Lego supercomputer keen on starting global thermonuclear war! I think we should all hold our children a little tighter tonight. On the plus side, Lego drone sets are sure to be hot sellers this holiday season! [Defense Systems]