From Human Sacrifice to Human Killings: The World of Robots


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The UN called for today a moratorium on Killer robots. According to a report, robots “should not have the power of life and death over human beings,” rather this should be decided by the sane humans that developed swords, gunpowder, chemical weapons, and an atom bomb.

Ironically earlier in the week a new 3-foot-long robot knows as Tlaloc II-TC discovered new rooms of human sacrifice in the Aztec temple of Quetzalcoati in Teotihuacan, Mexico (30 miles outside of Mexico City).  This unique robot was able to wedge itself in to small tight spaces to discover three previously unknown burial chambers that are roughly 2,000 years old. “We managed to generate a series of images that allowed us to tentatively understand what is the configuration of the space at the end of the tunnel; and it seems that there’s not just one, as we predicted with Georadar, but three chambers,” Sergio Gómez, the team’s leader told the Mexican newspaper El Universal. “We have to correctly process the information, make much finer scans and measurements to see what it actually is,” Gómez added.

This is not the first time Gómez and his crew has used robots for exploration. In fact Tlaloc II-TC’s predecessor, Tlaloc I (the Aztec’s deity of rain) was first utilized in 2010. In addition, Archeologists have also made progress in the Valley of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, where they have unearthed signs of a specialized hierarchy of priests that may have been involved in human sacrifice (and they call robots monsters?).

This is another fine example of how robots are touching the lives, or in this case the remnants of life, in new and exciting ways.  I guess the UN needs to go on a vacation to Mexico.

Reprinted with permission.

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About the author: Oliver Mitchell

Oliver Mitchell is a seasoned entrepreneur and business executive with more than 20 years of marketing / operating experience. Previously, he was the Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of RobotGalaxy, a retail entertainment brand that he founded in 2006.

As father of five, Oliver launched RobotGalaxy to fill a personal need: he wanted a wholesome activity for his son. Today, RobotGalaxy’s patented toys are available nationally at Toys’R’Us, Nordstrom Department Stores, and online with a growing virtual world and library of mobile apps.

Before RobotGalaxy, Oliver was involved in a number of successful technology ventures and real estate developments. Oliver was part of the executive team of Softcom/IVT, an interactive video startup backed by Allen & Co., Intel Capital (NASDAQ:INTC) and Sun Microsystems. At IVT, Oliver was instrumental in expanding the market for their products with such leading broadcasters as HBO, Showtime, and Home Shopping Network.

Prior to IVT, Oliver was a founding member of AmeriCash, Inc., a network of ATMs in high traffic retail locations. AmeriCash was acquired by American Express (NYSE:AXP) within 32 months of operations. Oliver was also instrumental in the development of Holmes Protection and its sale to ADT/Tyco International (NYSE:TYC). Oliver has extensive background in merchant banking and advertising. He started his career at Kirshenbaum, Bond & Partners.

Oliver holds 14 patents and has appeared on numerous television shows, including: The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Fox Business News, The Today Show, and Rachel Ray. He also serves as a mentor on the Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator Fund, and advises many technology companies on their growth strategies.

Oliver is also the publisher of the well-known robotics blog Robot Rabbi and is in the midst of writing a book entitled, “An Innovator’s Field Guide: Taking Ideas From Zero to Hero.”

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