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Hot Learning Used Unconventionally: Computer Science and Military Robots

By Joe Aguilar

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that computer systems designers will soon see rapid job growth from the private sector in their field. But still, if you plan to pursue a master’s degree in computer science, you may want to take the road less traveled by accepting work on public projects that protect fighting men and women. Working on projects like robot design may not be as glamorous as a more typical computer science job, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your work save lives.

Many types of military robots are currently being used and some are under design, from those created to sweep and clear anti-personnel mines, to rifle-wielding front line models. One thing they have in common is their ability to keep troops out of harm’s way on the battlefield.You could be building humanoid terminators. That’s one of the furthest things from the minds of today’s designers, according to literature about the Foster-Miller company’s line of TALON robots. TALON robots are controlled by remotely located troops using joysticks to perform such tasks as explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), reconnaissance, communications, hazmat, security, defense, and rescue.

Education Paves the Way

TALON robots have sophisticated onboard computer systems developed by highly educated professionals. An online master’s degree in computer science can provide the foundation to get you started in this critical field. You’ll have the chance to learn at your own pace from home, and you won’t have to quit your day job to study either. Find out more about how you can make an unconventional career out of a hot area of study by researching your online options today.


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