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Robotics, Drones, and Reducing Human Losses (Notes and Sources for Episodes #27 - 28)

This is not a typical blog entry from me, but as there were so many sources and links in creating the two current podcasts on Robotics, I felt the need to provide you with a blog where you could go deeper in detail if you wished.

Do know that if you have any direct question of something I have done, or wish me to cover something in a podcast or blog - assuming it is within my realm and grasp -do not hesitate to contact me at I’ll try to be back with you within one day.

Colleagues, I have never done a 2-part podcast before, and the producer concurred with me that you might like to see my work on this as well as some of the links. There were several articles I could not recover to link here, such as the French government declaring mandatory vax passports and a 75,000 Euro fine for faking one. By the way, I made a mistake in the podcast’s recording I did not discover until after the fact, when in going over my bullet points while recording I said “75,000 dollar Euro fine,” which makes no sense. Apologies for that one.

Let’s get started on the subjects covered in Episodes 27 and 28:

Johnny Cab: In Dick’s works, Johnny Cab shows up in more places than just Total Recall, but this is a good site.

Ancient and medieval robots:

Metropolis (1927 film)

Georgio Morodor recut what he could find of other, lost versions of Metropolis and made a partially colorized version with a rock soundtrack that I highly recommend. I saw it at the theater when it came out in the mid ‘80s, and it is available on Amazon as a BluRay Disk.

Bletchley Park (England’s math and crypto center during World War 2)

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

If you can find the BBC television series, HIGHLY recommended

Sony Aibo

The Caves of Steel


David Bushnell

DARPA Challenge YouTube, search DARPA Challenge

Gen. Curtis LeMay

Cuban Missile Crisis

Satellite image of Hawaii:

SLBM (Sub Launched Ballistic Missile)

Examples of Gigapixel photography

Asimov’s 3 Laws of Robotics, alternative points of view

Robots as incompetent?



X-37 Robotic spacecraft

I hope you find this useful and maybe somewhat interesting. Maybe you can understand why it takes me 20 hours or so to research, generate bullet points, record and edit one 45 minute podcast. I hope to be able to do more in the future, but right now I suspect this is enough to whet your whistle.

Many thanks for your listenership and for your comments.


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