True, robots possess the ultimate in courage, but in the Information Age, when perception management is key, what do robots represent and convey? How do they fit into counterinsurgency and reconstruction? How does the availability of robots affect policy makers' choices?
Update: video may be downloaded here.
The video is from Tetra Vaal.
After you see it once, replay the video and pay attention to some of the poses that the robot makes. Let us, for example, take a look at the robot holding the machine gun upright in a rather patronising and authoritative manner while patrolling the streets of Johannesburg. Then there is the car ride and casual looking through the window in a slight mixture of relaxation, readiness and anticipation we would expect from say, a NYPD officer ready to go to action in some American movie. Perfect analogy to human behaviour and some good cliche pickups make quite a combination.
It was posted by TV Robotics. Human Substitution Technologies:
TV-Robotics; n- The mass communication and sharing of information in relation to automation in human substitution and issues associated with human substitution technologies.
In response to an increase in the development of technologies for the non human involvement in various tasks this website has been set up to offer a research hub into areas of developing technologies and related research.
Inspired by the robotics agency Tetra Vaal this site takes into account sensitive and ethical issues such as the distribution of labour between human and non human participants, socio-economic environments and the impact of non human involvement in human related issues.
Economic forces, ethics and philosophy related to the subject will form areas of interest as the site unfolds.
Currently the areas that are at the forefront of this new human endeavour are as follows:
.: Investment [brokering] and electronic commerce management for companies involved in TV-Robotics projects
.: Funding and increasing awareness of new media applications
.: Direct integration of technology into practical applications
.: Research into Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetic Bio-Engineering
.: Finance recruitment for quantum computational architecture
.: Advice on new applications for finance, accounting, banking, investment and business in order to encourage interfaces
...between new developments and the companies involved
.: Genetic engineering