• Boston Dynamics and friends pledge not to weaponise their robots
  • Synertec plants to renewable tech at a Santos gas site in Queensland
  • Remsense integrates virtualplant with IBM Maximo Application Suite


A bunch of robot makers have penned an open letter, pledging not to weaponise their robots after some people have visibly publicised their makeshift efforts to weaponise commercially available robots.

Like this mildly terrifying robot dog with a submachine gun:


“We pledge that we will not weaponize our advanced-mobility general-purpose robots or the software we develop that enables advanced robotics and we will not support others to do so,” Boston Dynamics said. That’s the Boston Dynamics that’s busy teaching its robots to do everything else. First.

“When possible, we will carefully review our customers’ intended applications to avoid potential weaponization. 

“We also pledge to explore the development of technological features that could mitigate or reduce these risks.”

But policing people decided to add grenade launchers and flame throwers to their robots will be the hard part.

“We call on policymakers to work with us to promote safe use of these robots and to prohibit their misuse,” the company said. 

“We also call on every organization, developer, researcher, and user in the robotics community to make similar pledges not to build, authorize, support, or enable the attachment of weaponry to such robots.”

Please don’t weaponise your bots, k, thx, ta.


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Low carbon tech player says its Powerhouse tech that allows the utilisation of renewable energy to power industrial applications in remote locations has completed Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) with Santos on a gas well site in remote central Queensland.

The average Powerhouse load under testing has been above site requirements, with peak loads in excess of 10 times typical loads achieved while delivering continuous reliable power supply. 

Given the positive performance of Powerhouse, cutover of the system to the gas wells has been agreed with Santos and is scheduled to commence in October. 

“We are progressing Powerhouse to the final stage this month, and we will continue to update the market on the development and further commercialisation of our unique technology,” MD Michael Carroll says.

“We see a significant local and global addressable market for Powerhouse where remote locations operating industrial equipment can benefit from stable continuous base load 100% renewable power supply. 

“As the world transitions to a carbon-free future, technologies such as Powerhouse will enable our customers to achieve their decarbonisation goals.” 

On successful field trialling, SOP expects that commercial production of the Powerhouse units will commence with a staged rollout across selected Santos’ brownfield sites to replace fossil-fuelled generators.



The company’s ‘virtualplant’ is now integrated with the IBM Maximo Application Suite (MAS), offering efficiency improvements for multiple asset management activities, enabling rapid localisation of plant assets from the MAS Manage application into REM’s visually accurate virtual environment. 

Users can monitor MAS plant asset data directly within the photorealistic environment of virtualplant, providing unprecedented contextual relevance to remote asset monitoring and predictive maintenance activities. 

“The benefits of this integration will enable virtualplant and MAS users to fully benefit from the visualisation of assets through a ‘one-click’ access for companies and contractors, from anywhere at any time,” MD and CEO Steve Brown said.

“We are also delighted to be working with IBM to launch our joint corrosion inspection and reporting function based on virtualplant’s high resolution curated dataset and IBM’s extensive experience in visual analytics.” 

The companies will conduct the first industry demonstration of virtualplant and the MAS integration at the upcoming WA Mining Conference and Exhibition in Perth on October 12 and 13 2022. 



AI data insight platform Beamtree has extended its strategic partnership with Lean, a Saudi Arabian provider of innovative health solutions, after a successful contract to support data transformation in public health services of the hospital network data analytics audit for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The partnership aims to support health services in Saudi Arabia improve the quality of hospital data and analytic insight through the audit and automation of clinical record classification. 

Beamtree has now received full payment for phase 1 of the data transformation project of US$1.45m ($2m). 

The next phase is the proposed implementation of Beamtree’s products across Ministry of Health hospitals and then more broadly across public and private hospital networks (over 450 hospitals in total). 

Plus, Beamtree says the partnership is expected to support its goal of achieving annual recurring revenue of $60m by 2026. 


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