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Social Robots by Steve Payne

Author says: what if social robots were released onto the market in the next eighteen months? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 2012, the first of the Clinton Administration's many android-related challenges began on this day when a prominent Senator's daughter was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a Mobile Dextrous social robot owned by the girl's father.

Product recalls were immediately issued by the Personal Robots Group of Media Lab, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's sprawling campus in Cambridge.

The loss of support from a leading pro-android member of a senatorial oversight committee would have profound implications for the US Government. Researchers working on a Defense Department program at iRobot Corporation and the University of Chicago had recently completed the military application work for "jamming skin-enabled locomotion".

The stunning result was a robot purpose built for discreet reconnaissance missions that could squeeze through small holes, fitting through openings smaller than its own dimensions. Looking like a semi-inflated volleyball, the robot expands and contracts a flexible silicone shell to push itself around. That shell contains air pockets packed with particles. When the air is removed, the air pressure equalizers and the particles inside the pockets shift, changing the blob's shape.

Before the vehicular accident, such a mission had already received executive approval for the assassination of the reclusive leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Il.

Author says original content has been repurposed to celebrate the author's genius The Uncertain Future For Social Robots published in the January 2010 Edition of Popular Mechanics Magazine. To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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