What will the future hold in the way of robotics?
What will their abilities be and how will they compare to humans doing the same task?
Do you think there will ever be giant robots like in Gundam?
Are such robots feasible or practical?
Robotics are a problem because there are too many people for too few jobs. Why bother automating when there are masses in China willing to put one screw in one part of one toy over and over again for 18 hours a day? The worldwide unemployment rate is getting worse every day because people will not stop increasing the labor supply. Frankly, in terms of our species and our planet, giant killer robots would probably be a good thing.
> Well it's no worse than carrying batteries, anyway.
> Do you think there will ever be giant robots like in Gundam?
Well that's not a very interesting question at all.
If I remember this movie (and I don't!), the lock of hair was taken from the ends. This would contain only mitochondrial DNA. With what they were given (hair), one would be able to determine with a high degree of accuracy some very useless genetic information common to the bulk of the population with only weak indicators as to its subset (i.e.: this individual might be Chinese). In order to pin down the unique attributes of an individual and reconstruct it properly (sans memories/personality of course), you'd need nuclear DNA from proper tissue. So remember, when you're a robot child doppleganger, take that lock of hair by ripping it out of the skull. Try to get some skin and blood too!
How about droids like in Star Wars? It would be nice if we had battle droids to send to Iraq so our troops wouldn't have to die. Even better would be if they could turn people into robots/cyborgs like "ghost in the shell" Then I would become an android because digestion is the ickyness.
I have never heard of hair containing mtDNA. If that's true, it's interesting. Do you have a reference?
There would be enough in a lock of hair. In some rare cases, it's used for criminal identification but it only narrows things down to a single family. With most criminal cases, that's often all it takes. Most families only have one black sheep (or they're a flock of them, but we won't go there). Robots don't need this though, because they extract confessions with steel claws and terror!
Back to the topic of the giant robot powered by diesel-electric:
Another improbable way to power this beast it is microwave power transmission. We were thinking either several mobile armored power stations or even better (worse) putting the generators and transmitters on board very large aircraft (say a fleet of 8-10 Antonov An-225s) and have them continually descending on the machine in a large airborne chain (meeting up later with a chain of refueling aircraft double to triple the number of your fleet because these burn a lot of fuel!).
Fuck it, I just want a moe-moe robot that will bake me cakes
DAMN YOU HONDA AND SONY