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Misleading: Robots Replace Soldiers

Anas Nassief Anas Nassief
31st May 2020
Misleading: Robots Replace Soldiers
The video is actually a parody by CorridorDigital of a robot they are developing (Getty Images)

The Claim

A video depicts a robot that performs highly skilled combat movements in the U.S. Army program.

Emerging story

Thousands of users around the world have circulated a video on social media that received millions of views. The video shows a robot making very sophisticated combat moves. Some have questioned the possibility of replacing humans with robots during wars in the near future, while others have been outraged by the dangers to humans if these ferocious robots are made and actually used during wars.

Commenting on the video, some social media users in the Arab region said Boston Dynamic made the robots for the U.S. military as part of the “fighter robotics industry program."

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar’s investigation found that the claim turned out to be misleading. The video is actually a parody by CorridorDigital of a robot that it is developing for The Boston Dynamics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

CorridorDigital posted the video as a joke, with the caption saying "New Robot. The soldiers are outdated." They followed it with another video comparing the real video to the fake one and published a report in which the technicians who made the video talked about their parody.

Such parodies are based on a technique called CGI, a process of generating images and using them in graphic technologies. CGI visual designs are often used in video games and science fiction films.

Twitter even added a notice next to the video that it is not real.

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