For the heck of it

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Robot power!

The next time you are in UAE and decide to go for a camel race, you will be in for a surprise. This sport will soon feature robot camel riders instead of child jockeys.

The remotely operated riders were developed following a ban on the use of jockeys under 16 years of age, imposed by the UAE Camel Racing Association in March 2004.

Camel racing is a lucrative sport with a long tradition among Bedouin Arabs. But human rights groups have linked it to the kidnap and mistreatment of children as young as four years old. Riders have traditionally been younger than 16 years-old and weighed less than 45kg.

How I wish these kinda robots were in India, may be replacing the likes of Lalu Prasad Yadav and the whole of Shiv Sena... well, at least these robots DO something worthwhile!


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