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War robots and the 2014 World Cup – defenders off the field

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Abstract


  • High-tech robots called PackBots will be unleashed during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to help boost security and examine suspicious objects.

    The Brazilian government purportedly spent US$7.2 million to buy 30 military-grade robots from designers iRobot that will police the stadiums throughout Brazil’s 12 host cities during soccer matches.

    PackBot is a hunk of metal with an extendable arm and tactile claw, jam-packed on-board sensors and a computer with overheat protection, nine high-resolution cameras and lasers and two-way audio.

    But is it overkill to implement wartime robots to a sporting event?

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Michael, K. & Michael, M. G. (2014). War robots and the 2014 World Cup – defenders off the field. The Conversation, (4 March), 1-5.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3790&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/2781

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Issue


  • 4 March

Place Of Publication


  • http://theconversation.com/war-robots-and-the-2014-world-cup-defenders-off-the-field-23770

Abstract


  • High-tech robots called PackBots will be unleashed during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to help boost security and examine suspicious objects.

    The Brazilian government purportedly spent US$7.2 million to buy 30 military-grade robots from designers iRobot that will police the stadiums throughout Brazil’s 12 host cities during soccer matches.

    PackBot is a hunk of metal with an extendable arm and tactile claw, jam-packed on-board sensors and a computer with overheat protection, nine high-resolution cameras and lasers and two-way audio.

    But is it overkill to implement wartime robots to a sporting event?

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Michael, K. & Michael, M. G. (2014). War robots and the 2014 World Cup – defenders off the field. The Conversation, (4 March), 1-5.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3790&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/2781

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Issue


  • 4 March

Place Of Publication


  • http://theconversation.com/war-robots-and-the-2014-world-cup-defenders-off-the-field-23770