Robots and Meat Piles

Robots and piles of meat? No, it’s not the deli of the future – it’s a pair of interesting stories from the BBC. Robotics geeks will be competing next year for money and prizes in an effort to develop autonomous battlefield vehicles. As long as the people who developed the AI for the game Battlefield 2 don’t get involved, we’ll probably all be fine.

Unrelated, one hopes, is a large pile of rotting meat in a field just outside Bucharest, Romania. The authorities blame a firm named Protan, who in term blame unspecified abbatoirs or large farms for the forty-seven ton aromatic eyesore, which includes, among other types of critters, chickens and horses. I can’t quite figure out what, exactly, Protan does, but there can’t be that many types of businesses that could be expected to produce nearly one hundred thousand pounds of animal carcasses in a short period of time… can there? At the same time, the Protan denials – “This is not our rubbish. We don’t use plastic bags, we use rubble for disposal” – aren’t particularly strong. Unlike, apparently, the smell…

Published in: General | on July 31st, 2007| Comments Off on Robots and Meat Piles

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