[extropy-chat] Video of Fighting Humanoid Robots!

The Avantguardian avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 23 21:10:36 UTC 2004

      Because I am a fan of the
Battle-tech/Mechwarrior line of video games, the
videos of the fighting robots made me realize that the
Japanese are not too far off from the technology
neccesary to make battle-mechs. For those of you who
are uninitiated, the concept of a battle-mech is
similar to exoskeleton type powered armor but scaled
way up. These 30 ton plus humanoid robots are operated
by on-board specially trained elite pilots. These
mechs are highly reinforced weapons platforms often
carrying autocannons, missiles, and other ordinance.
These mechs are supposed to represent a technological
improvement over existing military hardware presumably
because they are more maneuverable, versatile, and
have a more imposing presence on the battlefield than
tanks etc. I was just curious what you all thought
about this and whether you think the Japanese or
someone else will take this technology in just such a
direction? FYI the fictional mechs are powered by
fusion powerplants so for real world applications we
probably do not have a suitable means to power them.  

The Avantguardian 

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