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(BBC)   The Pentagon unveils a new robot that won't fall over no matter how hard you shove it. That's right, the Army has spent millions of dollars to create a battle-weeble   (m.bbc.co.uk) divider line 7
    More: Cool, Boston Dynamics, University of Sheffield, manufacturing cost, DARPA, robots, humanoid robot  
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2013-10-09 10:01:26 AM  
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www.entertainmentearth.com
2013-10-09 09:56:44 AM  
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DrPainMD: Good thing that the government didn't beat the Wright brothers to inventing the airplane (the gov't spent $50,000 and failed, while the Wright brothers spent $1200 and succeeded) or you'd be saying that we wouldn't have flight without the government.

If you think that that's my subtle way of calling you an idiot, you would be correct. You're also someone who has absolutely no knowledge of the history of private sector network R&D. We would absolutely have an internet today even if the government never spent a penny on it.



And aviation thrived in the decades following due to government interest in developing and improving aircraft.  You're conveniently ignoring the fact that the Wright Brothers, like the other earlier aircraft builders, relied upon government contracts for their continued operation.  The civil aviation market was minuscule and was unable to sustain and support the aviation industry absent government participation.

So if you think that's my subtle way of calling you a tool, you would be correct.
2013-10-09 09:10:59 AM  
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Okay so we have the Bipedal soldier-bot,but really we've nothing to fear until they get to the Second Variety
2013-10-09 07:14:58 AM  
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i603.photobucket.com
2013-10-09 03:42:33 AM  
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DrPainMD: This is a big reason why the economy is in the mess it's in. You see, when you build furniture, grow food, or produce any of the other millions of goods and services that people consume, you are adding to the economy (assuming the cost of production is below the market value). This is just money down the toilet, and the taxpayer has to lower his standard of living to pay for it.


Says the guy posting on DARPAnet
2013-10-09 01:39:46 AM  
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DrPainMD: This is a big reason why the economy is in the mess it's in. You see, when you build furniture, grow food, or produce any of the other millions of goods and services that people consume, you are adding to the economy (assuming the cost of production is below the market value). This is just money down the toilet, and the taxpayer has to lower his standard of living to pay for it.


What makes you think people won't end up consuming the end product? Did you say the same thing about UAVs when they were being developed? Do you think all basic research is just "money down the toilet"?
2013-10-08 11:56:18 PM  
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This is a big reason why the economy is in the mess it's in. You see, when you build furniture, grow food, or produce any of the other millions of goods and services that people consume, you are adding to the economy (assuming the cost of production is below the market value). This is just money down the toilet, and the taxpayer has to lower his standard of living to pay for it.
 
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