Fuchikoma are the bug
s in Masamune Shirow
's Ghost in the Shell manga
. While their are not self-aware (they lack a ghost
), the are equipped with an advanced AI
, and use a direct neural interface
to communicate with their pilots. They have little wheels mounted on the ends of their legs to achieve surprisingly high speeds
on flat surfaces
, and can also, in a very bug-like fashion
, climb walls
and other nonhorizontal surfaces. They are heavily armed and armored
Fuchikomas are smart enough to be used in autonomous and semi-autonomous roles as well as with a pilot. randombit suggests that recon and fire support would be two such roles; I imagine that a fuchikoma could act as an excellent mark for the pilot's point.
If you've only seen the Ghost in the Shell movie, then you haven't seen a Fuchikoma. They're only featured in the comic and video game. Yet another reason why the manga is better.