[extropy-chat] Video of Fighting Humanoid Robots!

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 24 13:25:47 UTC 2004

--- Alfio Puglisi <puglisi at arcetri.astro.it> wrote:

> On Mon, 23 Aug 2004, Mike Lorrey wrote:
> >No reason they can't run on a turbine engine or fuel cell
> powerplant.
> >AFAICR, the MI-A1 Abrams has a range of 100 miles on one tank of
> fuel
> >with its turbine engine. Fuel cells were generating 100kw/ft^3 a
> decade
> >ago. Have no idea what the energy density is today. 100kw is 75 hp.
> The other way around. 100kw is 134hp, so the goal of 1000 hp is
> reachable with only 7.5 ft^3.
> Now where are the protonic missiles and the antimatter rays? Any
> giant mech without those isn't worth it.

A herf gun? You'd like that? We can do that. How about a metal plasma
pulse rifle? We can do that too. The issue is that you're dumping a LOT
of power into these things with little in return on damage. Chemical
explosives still pack a higher energy density, and flying lead and
steel and spent uranium carry energy a longer distance with less fuss
and muss in a sea level atmosphere.

Ever heard of the KISS principle?

Mike Lorrey
Chairman, Free Town Land Development
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                         -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
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