RoboEthics

Robotics is rapidly becoming one of the leading fields of science and technology, and very soon humanity is going to coexist with a totally new class of technological artifacts: robots. 'Roboethics' is a term used in regard to the behavior of humans in advanced robotics; how humans design, construct, use and treat robots and other artificially intelligent beings.

Some more photos of the new Kurotas manned robot, unveiled today by Suidobashi Heavy Industry in Tokyo.

The 13-foot super robot is fitted with a weapons system, including a gatling gun capable of shooting 6,000 BB bullets a minute, which fires when the pilot smiles.
Kuratas can be controlled either through the one-man cockpit or from the outside using any smartphone connected to the 3G network. A miniature version of the Kuratas can also be controlled via iPhone. The robot, which is set will go on sale for £900,000, has around 30 hydraulic joints.
As it is made to order the style conscious buyer will not have to worry about sticking to the grey exterior - it comes in 16 colours, including black and pink, and for an extra £60 they will sort you out with a cup holder.
Kuratas is 13ft tall and weighs four tons – not including the pilot. The four wheeled legs ensures that it is easy to transport and the pilot will be able to drive it at a top speed of just under 6.5 mph.

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