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Ivan Kirigin's views on Robotics & Culture: future. perfect. progress.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


"Bad Optimus - A page dedicated to the worst Optimus Prime outfits on the net"

Actually, some are quite good. Is there currently a good robot cartoon to encourage kids to either join the military or go into robotics? I haven't watched any toons in a while.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Defense Tech: "Future Combat": Cuts, or More Cash?

“They are looking to slip it to the right or kill it,” said a source familiar with FCS options advanced by the Pentagon's office of program analysis and evaluation.

Army officials are working to convince Pentagon leaders, including England, to reconsider cutting or even terminating FCS, the service's only major new-start development program.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker is scheduled to meet Friday with England and again make the case for the program, a briefing that is expected to discuss FCS' relevance to today's challenges.
This is bad for robotics. The benefit of an automated security force is huge. While budgeting issues are serious, the biggest push for robotics shouldn't be cut so quickly.

Monday, November 14, 2005

CBS news report on Robots in Japan.