3-D PRINTING SCRAPBOOK: STRONG ROBOTS AND SUPER-SOLDIERS

In the movie adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic science fiction yarn, I, Robot, starring Will Smith, robots of approximately the same size as humans "live" and "interact" with human society, and one of them, named "Sonny," actually "wakes up" and becomes a fully-self-aware conscious being, a person. While the possibilities of that are endlessly debated, what concerns me today is an article shared by Mr. T.M., and it reminded me of something else those robots in the movie do.

At a certain point, all the robots come under the control of an evil artificial intelligence named VICKI, and at this juncture, the robots began tossing their human counterparts around like Tinker-Toys and Lincoln Logs and Legos. Though more or less the same size, the humans were not nearly as physically strong as their robotic counterparts, which made resistance to VICKI and her evil machinations rather difficult, since all that VICKI had to do was remain secure in her AI lair, and order all her robots to do her bidding.

Well, the story of physically super-strong robots may no longer be just a figment of Isaac Asimov's imagination, according to this article shared by Mr. T.M.:

3D printed synthetic muscle is up to three times stronger than human tissue

There it is, folks, artificial, non-biological "synthetic muscle" whose lifting capacity is... well, disturbing:

7 thoughts on “3-D PRINTING SCRAPBOOK: STRONG ROBOTS AND SUPER-SOLDIERS”

  1. Robert Barricklow

    Although soldiers, super or otherwise augmented, do play a part in the 21st century electronic battlefield; it is the robots/AI that command the highs and low contours of this war front. They have pushed humans out of the sky[pilots] and the drivers seat. Swarms pose more of a danger than soldiers, and they’re easily printed-up on the battlefield.
    A good fictionalized book on this is:
    The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

  2. I’ll leave the AI comments to others; I want to talk a bit about Internet written grammar since one commentator ‘sic-ed’ a writer and mentioned the no capitals. These things irritate me too, especially the no caps and run on sentences with little punctuation and misspellings. Add to this the very modern convention of not double spacing between sentences as described by that Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty. Oh, yes, British English drives me crazy, but I’ll leave that for another day.
    All of this sloppiness, I think, must lie in postmodern selfishness, laziness, and technology. It just requires too much work, time, and thought to punch in those caps and periods on all those iPhones and tablets.

    I’m old and a Texas gentleman. I use a keyboard and my right thumb wants to double click my space bar twice after a period as I learned almost sixty years ago on a manual Royal typewriter in high school. I respect others and I try to get my spelling, punctuation, and grammar right. Yes, it takes a little thought and time. I’ve already had to correct a few misspellings here in this comment, and I use Grammarly Spell and Grammar Checker. It installs itself.

    You folks here write better than those I’m writing about. I’ll bet you like me have improved your writing by reading Joseph’s books. My books are well marked up with underlines and margin notes. Thanks, Joseph. You’re really good.

    That’s all.________________________Old Cap’n Kent

    P.S. How I want to double space between sentences. It just looks better. I know the printers hate this, but our Internet comments aren’t gonna be published.

    1. Forgive me. I didn’t edit well and I see a few mistakes in my rant so please don’t fault me too much. I’m really a nice old man.

  3. This is quite a slippery slope the PTB is walking down. Words like “The Butlerian Jihad” come to mind. Super-strength plus networking is an ‘accident’ waiting to happen. The only viable solution that author could come up with was by limiting ‘intelligence’ in automata to toaster level by species-wide ‘edicts’ and having violations punishable by death…

    And I still can’t get out of my mind that scene in “Battlestar Galactica” Mark II where the fancy ‘networked’ Colonial fighters are immobilized by ‘malware’ implanted by the Cylon infiltrator-robots within the Colonial central defense computer. Networking can be good, but it can also be VERY bad…

    1. Ah, yes, Goshawks. My favorite show along this theme thus far was when Capt. Pickard/Locutus was kidnapped and integrated into the Borg network, then recaptured and cut off from the Borg collective only to suggest the vulnerability in the Borg system was the “sleep” channel. Star Trek, the Next Generation, was almost as silly as it’s predecessor with the acting and some story telling, but one can occasionally find a few pearls among the grains of sand. This was one of those moments where fiction is so strange it borders on the edges of truth.

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