Meet Sabina

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She can bring you a Coke or retrieve some Advil if you have a splitting headache and don’t want to move.

She’s a robot.

Sabina is bilingual. She can react to commands in English or Spanish.

Sabina is bilingual. She can react to commands in English or Spanish. Photo: National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics in Mexico

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Army ponders replacing thousands of boots on ground with robots

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The Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) can carry 544kg of cargo including equipment, food, arms and ammunition.

The Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) can carry 1,200 pounds of cargo including equipment, food, arms and ammunition.

Gen. Bob Cone, the Army’s commander of Training and Doctrine, dropped a metaphorical “bomb” last week, Defense News reports.

The Army is shrinking in numbers, on its way from more than 520,000 down to as few as 420,000 by 2019, according to budget plans.

How to make up for the lost manpower?

“I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability, in terms of the future of the force,” Cone told the Army Aviation Symposium in Arlington, Va.

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