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Camel-Riding Robots

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the stop-stealing-children dept.

Robotics 217

misterpies writes "Of the many jobs robots could be put to use, here's one I'll bet not many slashdotters have considered - camel jockeys. According to the BBC, from next year racing camels in the United Arab Emirates will be ridden by robots. And for once, the folks put out of work won't be complaining - mostly children (some as young as four) who are reportedly abducted or sold by their families to unscrupulous racing-camel owners. How long until we see robots take over from humans in other sports?"

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Crossover (1, Funny)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199447)

Sounds like Short Circuit meets Ishtar or City Slickers. They should do a remake now.

Re:Crossover (3, Informative)

kiatoa (66945) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199582)

Looks just about as silly too. Rendered pic of camel jocky [yahoo.com]

First Past The Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199451)

Wheeee!

Battle-Bots (4, Funny)

maotx (765127) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199457)

How long until we see robots take over from humans in other sports?

Better yet, how long until we see robots take over humans for sports?
Nothing like the sound of a solid ka-thunk of a head to make a goal in front of a roaring crowd of robots.

RC-Camel (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199478)

New at Radio-Dirt-Hut! Remote control your camel from up to 50 feet away!

robocup (3, Interesting)

nounderscores (246517) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199575)

The goal of robocup: To build a team of robots that can play and beat humans at soccer [robocup.org] (possibly without killing the human team)

My uni has a team competeing. [mu.oz.au]

We do pretty well at the f180 and abio class comps.

Re:robocup (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199739)

(possibly without killing the human team)

Better make that a requirement. Otherwise you might not find a human team which is willing to play against your robots ...

Now, this is an example... (1, Troll)

agraupe (769778) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199460)

Of why a lot of people think the Arab world is screwed up. We'll give you your religion, if you don't blow shit up because of it, but abducting children to use as camel jockies is just bizzare. Building a robot... well, cool... but bizzare.

Re:Now, this is an example... (4, Interesting)

mrsev (664367) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199588)

...I was absolutely shocked to see the phrase "camel jockeys" on the front page of slashdot. I had to take a doulbe take. I am sure that many other English readers will feel the same. A "camel jockey" in english slang is a term of denigration for Arabs in general.

As regards your percapetion of the arab world sports may I remind you that we, in the west, put migets on horses and race them. Anyway makes more sense that American Football or Cricket...both incomprihensable to outsiders.

Re:Now, this is an example... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199614)

My favourite strange sport is the biathlon. I suppose it was invented by the government to produce proficient alpine snipers for warfare in the arctic areas of the planet.

Err? Hardly widely used is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199674)

Oh come on - I've never even heard the phrase. Hardly widespread use it?

Re:Err? Hardly widely used is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199776)

Now 100% of the people know it, you were the last one.

Re:Now, this is an example... (2, Funny)

GrumpyDeveloper (613950) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199805)

we, in the west, put migets on horses

Actually, the politically correct term is "little people", you insensitive clod...

Re:Now, this is an example... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199701)

We'll give you your religion (...)

I for one welcome our new uhmm... American Overlords!

Snap out of it, you're not the greatest country in the world.

Re:Now, this is an example... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199702)

The sad part is that you are marked a troll.

The Arabs are pretty screwed up, They value children as nothing, women as even less and femal children are to be burned for silly infractions... (example: the murder of several girls in Saudi Aribia for not wearing a burka... Oh that is civilized.)

Many of the people that are somewhat normal either flee to other countries when they can or hide their normalcy in private guarded secrecy.

ANYONE that calls the aribian states anything but an abomination to humanity is a fool or one of the monsters there. the Human Rights groups around the world hold the Aribian states as the sorst violators of human rights.

The sad part is that most americans gladly support everything done in the ariabian states. They show their support for them every time they buy an escalade, hummer or other gas guzzler and happily drive that thing 80-90mph and jackrabbit start it from every red light.

They are proudly showing their support for all of the aribians espically the binladen family!

america! the number one support of the terrorists in the world!

Re:Now, this is an example... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199741)

As opposed to what? The US who is sending 18-year-olds into war ?

Re:Now, this is an example... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199748)

Assuming that you're an average american and buy the same things an average american does, have you considered how much of the stuff you own is produced in sweatshops by children or by the exploited? I'm sure it's not a trivial amount. How does that make you feel? What are you going to do about it?

Also, what do you mean by 'your religion'? Christianity? Zoroastrianism? Islam? Judiasm? Baha'ism? The 'arab world' is a very large and diverse place full of different ethnicities and beliefs. Making sweeping generalisations about its people is unfair. It's like generalising for all 'westerners' (i.e whites), 'orientals', or 'blacks'.

Re:Now, this is an example... (-1, Offtopic)

acrylic-apple (874942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199768)

I think the US blows just as much up,if not more.

Re:Now, this is an example... (3, Insightful)

asliarun (636603) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199787)

Actually, this is no big shit. Child labour is extremely common in most countries in Asia and Africa. It only sounds outlandish or cruel to you because it's not common in your country. Note that i'm not supporting child labour or "child selling" in ANY form. I'm only commenting on the present day reality.

The reality is that a LOT of people in Asia and Africa have never ever had 2 square meals in a day, ever since they were born. The number of said people also exceeds the total population of USA, Canada, and Europe combined. Faced with such extreme hunger, many families prefer to sell off their children instead of watching them die of malnutrition or disease. The added benefit is that they make a little money out of it, which sees them through a year or two.

It's not that these people don't love their children. For many such families, selling off their children is actually a demonstration of their love for their child. They know that even though their child will be ill-treated by the Arab or whoever is buying the child, at least their child will be reasonably well-fed and will have an outside chance of getting a decent education. It beats a slow death in any case.

Look at it another way. Say, hypothetically, that you're stranded in an island along with your child. You have a boat that can only seat your child. You're also slowly dying of hunger in the island. Given impending death due to starvation, will you or won't you set your child adrift in the sea if you know that your child has a 10% chance of survival?

P.S. I'm not exaggerating this by any means. Thousands of families in India commit suicide every year, especially if the rainfall is bad that year. The poison of choice, IIRC, is a local pesticide, which has now been banned in many villages. Selling children is also not uncommon.

I would like to see (1)

I_am_Rambi (536614) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199461)

robots take over human in (American) football. Never mind it would be too expensive to keep repairing them and replacing them.

Motor Racing (4, Interesting)

moon-monster (712361) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199515)

I'd be quite happy to see robots take over in motor racing. It'd be great to see what kind of machines people could come up with to get themselves round a track as quickly as possible, once all the design concerns related to human safety are removed.

It's also more practical financially, as in most of the large motor racing series there is already a substantial budget for hardware maintenance. ;-)

Re:Motor Racing (1)

KrancHammer (416371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199555)

once all the design concerns related to human safety are removed.

I see your point, but having autonomous or semi-autonomous 200+ mph automobiles means I for one will always have design concerns vis-a-vis human safety. I would of course rather have them on the road than 95% of Houston (human?) drivers on the other hand.

Re:I would like to see (1)

The Tyrant (472050) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199691)

Oh come on... robots wont get damaged, any more than american football player do. Now, if you had robots that play rugby, it'd be a different thing indeed and you'd need a lot of half time repairs.

money (4, Funny)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199462)

20 rubees on Robo-Akmed!

Re:money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199480)

First, I think you meant 'rupees' (yes, the same currency as in the Zelda games).

Second, you'll find the UAE's currency is the Dirham.

Wow. (4, Funny)

dayid (802168) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199463)

I do believe this is the stupidest story I've ever seen posted here.

Re:Wow. (5, Funny)

isa-kuruption (317695) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199484)

Wait until it's reposted... later today.

Re:Wow. (1)

ZosX (517789) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199725)

And next week.... And then a year from now....

Re:Wow. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199574)

Where were you on April 1st? They even posted a completely blank story. I was only amazed they didn't dupe it half an hour later.

Yeah, right... (4, Funny)

brilinux (255400) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199464)

Here's one not many slashdotters have considered

Pshaww... pretty much as soon as I found out what a robot was when I was a child, the first thing that came to my mind was, "I wonder if such things could be made to ride camels". Geesh, I wonder where that submitter has been all his life...

PETR (4, Funny)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199469)

Wait until People for the Ethical Treatment of Robots starts throwing oil on the camels in protest!

A danger to our industry. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199579)

PETA throwing motor oil? I sure hope not! I work in the rendering plant where we take lambs and bleed them to death in order to provide PETA liquid blood to pour on furs during their protess. They are our biggest client right now.

I for one welcome (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199470)

our camel riding robot overlords.

Complex task vs. low wages (2, Interesting)

akadruid (606405) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199482)

This is exactly a prime use for robots, assuming I don't mistunderstand the social aspects involved.

What surprises me is that a relatively complex task in an area where human wages are fairly low should justify the replacement of humans by robots, and yet in countries where wages are sky high, human workers are doing much simpler tasks.

The fact that is appears as surreal as a python sketch obviously shows up my lack of knowledge of other cultures.

Re:Complex task vs. low wages (2, Informative)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199508)

the kids are not used because of low wages.

they're used because of low weight(underfed too.. to remain low weight).

Re:Complex task vs. low wages (3, Informative)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199587)

And possibly, or more likely, probably this indicates that you don't know what is complex for a robot and how much it costs to buy and maintain one.

Even in the States, its far cheaper to hire someone to pick strawberries, sweep walkways, mow lawns, weed gardens, clean toilets, and a number of other similar mundane tasks than it is to get robots to do it. In addition, with the exception of sweeping and mowing, those tasks are all complicated for a robot (and even in the case of sweeping and mowing, a robot usually doesn't do a very good job).

It is highly unlikely that this is a suitable task for a robot. It is a task that will likely require more maintenance (on-site robot repair team vs monthly doctor visits), human labor (robot repair team, and robot teleoperator vs small human), and cost (cost of robot, cost of paying team vs cost of labor for a small human) than the previous way.

Re:Complex task vs. low wages (2, Interesting)

akadruid (606405) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199792)

You're quite right - I have no idea about costing real world robots, but I think that is a market issue.

I think it will require radical changes in the way we design and think about things, but its proven possible to achieve - ATMs and other vending machines and printing are some of the more successful ones that I can think of.

In most cases I think that it is the flexability of humans that wins out - most of the situations you mentioned, the task varies too much to be automated properly yet - e.g. street sweepers have to navigate obscure obstacles and deal with a multitude of subtly different targets.

But, for example, how about robots to prepare fast food? It's a straight forward repetative task which a machine can be designed for - non-trivial perhaps, but well within todays technology.

Humans require various costs above their salary, even subtle things such as increased work space, which may be valuable. I think it is already feasible for, say, McDonalds in ultra busy areas (such as Oxford Street, London).

The way you pay for robots is very different too. Robots require a huge up front design cost, a noticable investment to buy, and a smaller amount to run - varying quality of design probably affects maintainence costs the most.

There are various subtle improvements that robots can bring to mundane tasks too, such as the ability to work much longer hours, or at off-peak hours, attention to detail, consistant performance, improved speed and power in some roles, and so on.

Star wars pod racing Anakin (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199483)

.. Thats all that needs to be said.

Re:Star wars pod racing Anakin (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199590)

I don't think that a remake of Lawrence of Arabia with robots would work as well. Like the candle-snuffing scene:
Potter: Oh, it damn well hurts.
Lawrence: Certainly it hurts.
Potter: Well, what's the trick, then?
Lawrence: The trick, William Potter, is that I'm a robot. Hahaha, stupid human!
And I'm not sure about that captured by the turks bit either.

Re:Star wars pod racing Anakin (2)

acrylic-apple (874942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199807)

I would think anyone who truly wishes to have freedom would be against these oppressive, racist tactics on this "fight" against terrorism.

Actually, we might see cyborgs first... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199490)

I'm betting on seeing regular athletes get cyborged before being replaced by robots outright. Imagine, get an implant, drug tests all come up clean, improved reflexes are less a give-away than overdeveloped musculature from steroid use (assuming you're not being ridiculous about the improvements you're giving yourself), the actual nature of the machinery can be obfuscated away as some necessary thing like a pacemaker...

Re:Actually, we might see cyborgs first... (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199552)

(assuming you're not being ridiculous about the improvements you're giving yourself)

You assume too much. Of COURSE there would be an arms race in cybernetic enhancements.

If Mod A can ensure a 110 mph fastball, then the next guy will want a 115 mph fastball, with a curve on it.

This a major blow for parents (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199493)

One of our best misbehaviour prevention threats has been removed. Now the kids wont believe us when we threaten them with being sold to an arab for a life of camel racing. Please tell me they have not yet developed a camel pooper scooper robot, so at least we can still threaten them with a life of camel dung collection.

Re:This a major blow for parents (0)

wed128 (722152) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199547)

Are you kidding me? Camel racing sounds like fun! i wish i had been threatened with that when i was a kid...

Rambo III (-1, Offtopic)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199496)

I already see the plot for the sequel to Rambo III a-brewin'

3.. Profit! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199497)

Finally! A commercial application for OCaml.

Re:3.. Profit! (1)

afd8856 (700296) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199592)

Is OCaml used in AI?

I'm not sure what is worse... (-1, Flamebait)

OneSmartFellow (716217) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199507)

Kidnapping children to jockey camels - only the Arabs ! - or bothering to build a robot to take their place !

Commander Data (0)

Foddrick (13702) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199509)

Call me a Star Trek nerd, but how many sports would an android of Commander Data's ability be awesome at ? I can't think of too many individual sports he could be beaten at... (maybe swimming ??) and he'd be invaluable at the team level. Plus he'd be too altruistic to accept money and he'd just play for your team for free.

Forget the emotion chip (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199542)

"Plus he'd be too altruistic to accept money and he'd just play for your team for free." A lot of the problems with Data are taken care of if you remove that emotion chip and replace it with a Bender chip. To say the least, he becomes a lot more fun at poker parties.

Re:Commander Data (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199549)

"I can't think of too many individual sports he could be beaten at..."

Precisely the problem. Who would pay money to see that? Who would care? It'd be like taking a motorcycle to a horse-race.

Imagine... (0, Redundant)

tsa (15680) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199513)

Robot camels raced by robots!

Re:Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199687)

"Robot camels raced by robots!"

Cool... and then think, you could have a human ride one of these robot camels!

then you'd have a dune buggy I suppose.

meh.

Riding the camel toe! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199519)

Woooo!

Yah, but... (2, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199521)

Sure they can run camels, but can they run linux?

But who's... (0)

seven of five (578993) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199522)

..gonna monitor them for steroids?

Problem ahead? (2, Funny)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199527)

Has anyone asked the camels what they think of this? Large evil beasts might not take to kindly to having robotic jockey overlords.

Re:Problem ahead? (1, Funny)

wootest (694923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199773)

Maybe people figure that they, for one, would welcome their new robotic jockey overlords.

I've watched these races before...... (-1, Troll)

RichMeatyTaste (519596) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199534)

The King of the UAE comes to the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) when he needs medical care.
When he comes the Clinic snatches some Middle East programming off the satellites. The usual fare includes what we call the "camel racing channel" and the "belly dancing channel."

Re:I've watched these races before...... (1)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199560)

Aggregating the two feeds into the "dancing camel belly racing channel" should make for excellent entertainment.

Welcome to Cleveland, your excellency. (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199563)

"The King of the UAE comes to the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) when he needs medical care."

(gets off plane). "Cleveland in Ohio, yes? Such smells, like we do not have in desert! Many pardons. Now when can I meet Drew Carey? And if you please, take me to Great Fame Museum of Rocks.... Please, hotel is nice, and TV is nice too, but add Minaret Channel, and I will be rather pleased."

Why? (3, Insightful)

CypherXero (798440) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199535)

FTFA: "mostly children (some as young as four) who are reportedly abducted or sold by their families to unscrupulous racing-camel owners."

Why is it that they're so worried about winning some meaningless race with camels? They need their ass kicked for even considering selling a child. I can't understand how cold people can be sometimes to do something like this.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199564)

Why is it that they're so worried about winning some meaningless race with camels?

What are we so worried about a meaningless game such as football?

Re:Why? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199623)

I think you read it the wrong way. The parents aren't selling their children because they want some camel to win a race, but because they want to get rid of the child. Selling them to racing-camel owners is just one way of doing it.

Wife-replacing robots... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199536)

On the drawing boards and will be out in 2007.

I, for one... (0)

AllUsernamesAreGone (688381) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199551)

... welcome our new camel-riding robotic.. oh, nevermind.

Sci-fi short story on robots (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199553)

I've seen several comments from posters posing the question as to how long it will be before robots participate in human sports. These comments reminded me of a short story I had read in years past which involved robots playing football.

The whole jist was that the robots couldn't have chips which would make them have a will to win. Essentially the robots were supposed to merely run the programmed plays. However, one old guy had found a way to bury such a chip deep inside his teams robots.

The story ends by one robot plastering another robot to prevent a touchdown. This robot 'dies' as the impact desintegrates the two players.

Not a particularly exciting story but one which is relevant to the previous comments. Oh, the reason for the robots to be playing football rather than humans was because the game had become too dangerous to play.

This story was in a Readers Digest-like book I had found at a flea market. Can't remember the name of the story or the author so if someone else can fill in the blanks that would be most appreciative.

good idea (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199559)

Keep the robots busy riding the camels so they wont plot against us humans. An idle mind is the devil's playground, as we know.

But the strange thing is (4, Funny)

DrXym (126579) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199567)

These "robots" will look curiously like small children wrapped in tinfoil...

Won't be long now... (-1, Troll)

howman (170527) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199569)

Steeple chase... Kentucky Derby... Elepahant Racing in India... Microbot Schumacher wins its 70th drivers championship... Bob's small robot repair and swamp buggy design...
I guess I should have just written, "I don't know what to say to this story."

Re:Won't be long now... (0)

flewp (458359) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199650)

Some already accuse Michael Schumacher of being an emotionless robot...

Re:Won't be long now... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199721)

Sir, I think you'll find the prefered term is "German".

Robots in sports (4, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199578)


From the summary:

How long until we see robots take over from humans in other sports?

Bender: Clem Johnson? That skin bag wouldn't have lasted one pitch in the old Robot Leagues! Now
Wireless Joe Jackson, there was a blern hitting machine!

Leela: Exactly! He was a machine designed to hit blerns! I mean come on! Wireless Joe was nothing but a programmable bat on wheels.

Bender: Oh and I suppose PitchingBot 5000 was just a modified howitzer.

Yeah, that's entertainment (1)

Jameth (664111) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199598)

Let's go to the robotic track-and-field events and watch as robots designed to move quickly while pretending they're humans move quickly. Seriously, watching robots in any human only-sports would be incredibly boring. Robots will shine in sports designed for robots and sports where the primary element is not human (Formula 1, horse racing, camel racing).

Robots will shine. (1, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199618)

"Robots will shine in sports..."

Only when properly buffed and waxed, mind you.

Be Honest. (-1, Flamebait)

the pickle (261584) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199604)

The only reason you posted this story was to work in the phrase "camel jockey" without being labeled as blatantly racist.

What's next, "News for Niggars?"

(Yes, I know I'm not Dave Chappelle [xmission.com] , but hopefully it's funny.)

p

Re:Be Honest. (-1, Offtopic)

hostyle (773991) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199697)

but hopefully it's funny

Hopefully? You havent decided yourself yet if its funny or not?

I'll be goddamned honest (0, Offtopic)

ZosX (517789) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199770)

The only reason you posted this comment was to work in the phrase "niggar", which makes you look blatently racist and like a bad speller.

You're no Dave Chapelle, that's for damn sure.

Re:I'll be goddamned honest (0, Offtopic)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199793)

"...the phrase "niggar", which makes you look blatently racist and like a bad speller"

I wondered about that too. I bet that if you ask the guy "Spell K.K.K.", he will get it wrong.

Gee.. whabout Olympics now.. (0)

krishn_dev (781739) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199619)

I thot, I had a chance....:-D

You missed the point (1)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199625)

How about having robots replace slaves in general? Heck, the word robot came from the root word for slave in czech. (ala, R.U.R. ) Hmm.. how long before McJobs are replaced?

We will know (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199729)

"Heck, the word robot came from the root word for slave in czech. (ala, R.U.R. ) Hmm.. how long before McJobs are replaced?"

We will have some idea this is going on when we start finding metal fingers in our Wendy's chili.

child jockeys (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199629)

One in a series of laws was introduced this month to forbid the use of jockeys under the age of 16 from taking part in the sport.


Now it seems there will be no need for the rules to be flouted, our correspondent says.

The article says that there are 40000 child jockeys right now. It seems unlikely that they could build enough robots to replace them in less than a few years... Let's hope that this law to forbid child jockeys will be passed and enforced, otherwise it seems unlikely that those childs will be freed anytime soon...

I can't believe.. (1)

raynet11 (844558) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199630)

That I'm trying to karma whore on a story that
should take top head line on the onion..

Insurance Policy! (1)

BostonRob (779771) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199638)

If I lived in the United Arab Emirates and I was old, I would invest in a robot insurance policy! They first advertised on SNL about 10 years ago...

Robot Insurance [robotcombat.com]

Thanks Old Glory Insurance!

You gotta wonder (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199653)

If the camel ever gets tired of the robot rider and spits on it, would the robot rust or short circuit? Man, repairs on those things would have to be insane. Even Dubya might not be able to replace those positronic brains too often!

Inefficient? (2, Insightful)

baadger (764884) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199668)

Why not just make and race robot camels?

Already happened (1, Informative)

GarbanzoBean (695162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199672)

How long until we see robots take over from humans in other sports?"

Chess, eight years ago.

robot story posters (0, Offtopic)

hachete (473378) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199678)

oh wait...this one's broken. It keeps sending repeats.

Reality for robots (3, Funny)

netman12 (863415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199683)

This is just in time! We can let them take over from humans in reality TV shows.

Survivor 25: twenty robots stranded on a desert island, equipped with only 5 bolts and a single AA battery, battle it out to see who can make it the longest without a change of oil.

What a shame... (1)

Eyeball97 (816684) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199694)

That the headline (snicker) and the overall boggle nature of the story distracts from the issue that only a few have commented on, the abuse of children...

Replacing humans in sports? (3, Insightful)

Antyrael (855796) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199709)

I see a lot of comments regarding the "how long before robots replace humans" comment, but I have to say, is this not a sport where the CAMELS are the athletes? I hardly see this as a case of humans in sports being replaced; as some other poster mentioned, if underfed kids were the original jockeys, then this is a boon more than anything.

The way I see it, humans won't be "replaced" in sports that actually require the humans to be the athletes for a long, long time. Perhaps, when the technology is far enough, robot-run variants may spring up, but I have a strong feeling the human versions will still be around.

Reminds me of a joke (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199720)

Newcomer at a godforsaken oil production facility in the middle of the desert:

"Say, what do you guys do for sex around here?"

"Oh, we use the camel"

Half an hour later:
"It was okay, but nothing like the real thing"

"Umm... we usually use it to go to town"

Replacing children with robots ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12199723)

... raises the question:

Is robot porn illegal? ;-)

I mean, really! (1, Funny)

ABaumann (748617) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199726)

Has anyone asked the camels how they feel about this?

Humans vs. Robots (2, Interesting)

Valthezeh (870251) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199734)

I could be wrong, but I don't really think there will be a big push to replace humans with robots in most sports. Maybe as a cool, project/aside from traditional sports, as robots are capable of doing things that humans aren't and it would provide a challenge to those interested AI, but not replacing persay.

One of the things most people who enjoy sports like is the ability to relate to the players, and the fact that they can aspire to be like them or view them as role models, etc. This aspect of sports would be lost if the players were robots instead of humans.

Helps the welfare of the Jockeys how? (2, Interesting)

Bertrum (631643) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199738)

So they are currently fed little to keep them light. Exactly how much food do you think they will get once they aren't earning money for the arse who owns them by riding camels.
My guess is the amount of food won't go up!

Re:Helps the welfare of the Jockeys how? (1)

Valthezeh (870251) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199755)

Well one would hope that without a demand for children to use as jockeys, they wouldn't be kidnapped in the first place...

Hardly new (2, Informative)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 9 years ago | (#12199782)

I was hoping to see autonomous robots ride these camels. However:
"The mechanical jockey is light in weight and receives orders from the instructor via a remote control system fixed on the back of the camel," the daily Gulf News said, quoting an official statement.
I remember reading about something similar yeeaaars ago; the Japanese developed a remotely controlled robot that was light enough to ride a pony, allowing them to hold indoor pony races.
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