Robocop no longer fiction

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  1. IndianCurry2010 Registered Senior Member

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    More like his partner, Officer Anne Lewis...
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  5. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

    Hardly Robocop, it's gonna be a man in a removable suit.
    And it's hardly new...
    Scicon's Infantryman 2000 was much the same and "just around the corner" in 1987.
    Can you say "vapourware"?
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  7. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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  8. oladitan Registered Senior Member


    is having armor and being a cyborg the same?
  9. Dr_Zinj Registered Senior Member

    According to Wikipedia, "A cyborg, also known as a cybernetic organism, is a being with both biological and artificial (e.g. electronic, mechanical or robotic) parts." So based on that definition, armor, being a mechanical part, would qualify that human+armor combination as a cyborg. Technically, all humans wearing any kind of clothing, or using any kind of tool would qualify also.

    However, since clothing or body armor does not replace an already existing human body function, some people might argue that they don't qualify those wearing them as cyborgs. Mechanical devices that replace or enhance existing body structures might qualify as cyborging. When you combine replacement or enhancement with automatic feedback mechanisms allowing the person to control the functioning of the artificial organ by just thinking about it, most people qualify that combination as being a cyborg.
  10. jmpet Valued Senior Member

    I am against the entire "Robocop" insinuation and premise. Nothing beats a good beat cop or a beaten up half beaten detective. Good old fashioned sleuth solving.

    And I happen to agree with WalMart's policy of surrendering at gunpoint- it puts the responsibility of the crime upon insurance companies, not the criminal.

    Crimes should be few and far between these days- after all, we are living in the post-modern age; an age of reality and intellect.

    For someone to commit a crime, there needs to be an underying principle to make them commit the crime. If it's "crime for crime's sake" then it's a RICO case. But 99.9% of ALL cases boil down to neccesity to commit crime.

    We need to address the source of crime, not armor up of our police force.
  11. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

    Another method is to actually use Robots like Avatars. Policemen or Military could suit up into a VR suit and dangle precariously, then operate the robot as an extension to themselves. Obviously such robots wouldn't be as worried about getting shot at and could rush people firing on them.

    This method removes the concerns of allowing AI's to make all the decisions (Although some AI would be inbuilt into the robots to deal with movement, orientation etc) and also removes the concern of trained warriors suffering Post trauma and going postal. After all you just pull the plug on their suit and they lose the connection to the robot, making them as limited in prowess as you or I. (This also stops them having to become complete roid monkeys with a short tempered fuse and even the disabled could do the same jobs they do.)
  12. phlogistician Banned Banned

    Er, no.
  13. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

    The US has so many robots in action over Pakistan and Afghanistan now that there is no point in anticipating their use any more. Bionic replacements are getting good enough that the US military is seriously considering allowing soldiers with bionic replacement limbs back into combat if they wish to do that instead of discharging them. It has already arrived.
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