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Wednesday, July 09, 2003  

News Flash
Researchers have developed a robotic arm that draws. It is controlled by a petri dish full of rat neurons. The crazy thing (or at least the MORE crazy thing) is that the rat neurons are in Georgia and the arm is in Australia and they are connected via an internet connection. Let me put on my futurist cap for a moment and tell you what I see: the US Marines' "Gladiator II" will be deployed in 2010 to fight Baath party loyalists in the outskirts of war-torn Baghdad. The "counter-insurgence" bots will be controlled by a group of IT nerds in a Command and Control center somewhere in Virginia via a secure internet connection, however, the Gladiator robot's controls will be compromised by a group of rat brain-cells fighting the US government for artistic freedom. Several US Marine casualties will result. The cluster of rat-cells will be arrested and held without trial under the provisions of the Patriot Act 3, while the Japanese threaten our shores with an army of giant robot dogs. You heard it hear first.

posted by JMV | 7/09/2003 11:34:00 AM
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