@BBCClick as small as a mouse, as big as a house.

watching BBC’s “click” programme and was excited by News that NASA had given up on Wolowitz style insta-coding of Mars Rover.
They’ve moved to virtual reality gear, directly linked to their robotic devices.
The excitement that people should be feeling is because it does away with the Sci-fi and Social engineering aspects that have been used to worry us.
From the mad careering of early cinematic metal men, through to the greedy capitalist exploits in “Robocop”, we have been warned to watch out for the Frankenstein monster  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_robots_and_androids#1930s)

Everyone knows that software has bugs, particularly user’s of Microsoft’s products. You just can not cope with the intricacies of even simple processes, to any great depth.

Sooner, or later, you have to get a man, or, more likely a team, in to find a work around.
You don’t have build a robot to do dangerous jobs, you can use human controlled devices, such as drones, or those robot arms, used to detonate car bombs.

Now we can go one better.

Why have devices which have to be controlled using joysticks etc., when you can place the human brain directly inside your device, able to provide full functionality.
Instead of a drone, you’d have a birdman, flying over the enemy positions and able to respond instantly to threats. Car bombs could be defused by bomb experts, using robots with extendible arms and eyestalks.
Nuclear power plants could be manned by robots, operating, even during melt-downs, never needing to leave the plant, their operators never having to undergo decontamination. The same idea could apply to processes involving viruses, or even chip manufacture. Swat teams with bullet proof vests and firemen with breathing apparatus would no longer need to risk life and limb. The devices wouldn’t even need to resemble men. They could be the size of a mouse, or the size of a house, depending on the job.
Best thing, for me, is that old men like myself could operate these devices. Our experienced responses could be used to build up a library of simulations to enable the next generation to learn from that experience, reducing the number of mistakes that we make as we learn our trades.


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