South Korea plans to build a whole city from scratch dedicated to the robotics industry.
SciFi.com reports that the appropriately named Robot Land will “have all sorts of facilities for the research, development, and production of robots, as well as things like exhibition halls and even a stadium for robot-on-robot competitions. The $530 million project should get underway sometime in 2009.”
Korea.net adds that the city’s industrial output will have an “emphasis on so-called service robots that can clean homes and provide entertainment.”
Now we just have to wait till the city secedes from South Korea; it then achieves a kind of limited national sovereignty; it seats a robot-ambassador at the UN; its Artificially Intelligent offspring form a Parliament, or a Ministry of War; they manufacture cannons and other violent forms of propulsive enginery, filling the sky with drones; and then human history becomes interesting again.
We’ll read future Machine-Iliads, magnetically engraved on self-aware harddrives as the robots roll toward war with Beijing…