No word yet on whether the 'bots will be programmed to shoot civilians or torture prisoners, though.
But here's the best part of the Beeb article: "Mr. Quinn [a manager at Foster-Miller, the company that worked with the military to develop the combat robots] says there are plans to replace the computer screen, joysticks and keypad in the remote-control unit with a Gameboy-style controller and virtual-reality goggles."
War, meet the Nintendo Generation. Does high score get the Congressional Medal of Honor?
When I was looking at the picture of the warbot, I couldn't help but keep thinking of that classic 80's movie Short Circuit, which featured loveable robot "Number Five" who inexplicably became sentient after a power surge (funny, that tends to flash-fry my electronics). Here they are, side by side - Number Five and Number Fifty Caliber:
Try not to mix them up.