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Thursday, 21 November 2013

International Committee for Robot Arms Control



 I've recently come across the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

It's a serious organisation with an important message to convey, and I don't have any quarrel with its aims. It's just the name that bothers me.

Robot arms? But what about robot laser-emitting eyes, and diamond-encrusted teeth?

And what if they started kicking people?

The ICRAC didn't think of that, did they?

Yep. Robots' legs can be jolly dangerous, too.

Capek play.jpg
Scene from R.U.R.

Word To Use Today: robot. This word was used in the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek. It comes from the Czech robota, work, from the Old Slavonic rabota, servitude.

2 comments:

  1. I now have a fit of the giggles picturing robots 'roboting' around and kicking everybody!
    Thanks for that! :)

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