13. Feb, 2018

Are we ready for alternatives?

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As we have the last day of the 2017/2018 carnival season today, a thought experiment around a serious topic from the famous Cologne carnival parade from yesterday  https://www.thelocal.de/20180212/several-injured-after-horses-bolt-at-cologne-karneval 

Horses in the parade are a long tradition on the one side, but they are also under discussion by animal rights activists for several years now. As horses are escape animals and feel a lot of stress during the parade the actvists are asking to take them out every year. Now with the accident from yesterday the discussion will be getting even worse during the next months and as preparation for next year's parade.

Now the thought experiment: Could a robot horse be the alternative? From a traditionalist's point of view definitely not, but from a security perspective and to please the animal rights activists, why not? Boston Dynamics would have a solution  https://www.bostondynamics.com/ls3, it just needs some horse like styling and the price per "horse" could still be too high for mass usage. So maybe not next year, but in the coming years as these robots are getting smarter very fast. Just see another Boston Dynamics example  https://www.wired.com/story/watch-boston-dynamics-spotmini-robot-open-a-door/ 

Get off your horse and drink your milk. John Wayne, American - Actor May 26, 1907 - June 11, 1979

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace. Ovid, Roman - Poet 43 BC - 17 AD