Monday, July 14, 2014
Really Great Robots of the Near Future Will Run on Gasoline, Kerosene or Diesel, Not Electric Battery Power
Really Great Robots of the Near Future Will Run on Gasoline, Kerosene or Diesel, Not Electric Battery Power Those Predicting the Automobile is Dead Don't Know the Norman Bell Geddes Plan is Still the Direction Technology is Going Lex Loeb Contributor Network . Not only will your new car be able to go the gas station by itself and refuel itself without any gas station attendant, It will be able to pick up your friends and bring them to your house or go to the grocery store pick up window for your cash and carry order. Chances are it will probably run on gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene and not be run off a trunk full of heavy batteries. Smaller cars may be able to to run on batteries but the recharge time will be too long unless the batteries can be removed and replaced with already charged ones at a refueling station. Car owners don't like inconvenience. All they will get from the new robots is perfect convenience and more of it than ever before. A comparison of the BTU / calorie potential of gasoline verses super saturated sugar water shows that there is no comparison of BTU potential of a gallon of gas compared to most other fuel sources. Sadly the super saturated sugar water is the best a plot of sugar can can do in more than a 3 month's period exposure to solar energy as photosynthesis machines. This is why plant eating bovines like cows spend all day eating grass and doing not much else. It takes a huge amount of grass relative to their body weight to get less than one horse power of energy per day. It is less than horse power because it is a cow. There are a lot of myths and fantasies about solar power and it's potential to replace the so called fossil fuels. The problem is that most people concerned about the environment may not like seeing more than half the Mohave desert filled with solar collectors and the high tension power line expansion as far as the eye can see across much of the landscape. The fact of the mater is that solar cells are still better suited for longer term use in space beyond the earth's atmosphere than on the surface. It takes a greater surface area for solar collection on the earth than one might expect for replacing fossil fuels. A real solar energy build out could have an effect on the earth's climate just by absorbing energy and reflecting it. If really efficient solar collectors may actually increase ground radiant energy even after having taken some of the energy and put it on the electric grid at the same time. Solar cells could actually prove to be a worse "global warming" device than carbon dioxide is! It all depends on how much like greenhouse panels these are. Passive solar water collectors are really something quite similar to a greenhouse if ever anything was. The point being made is that the BTU potential energy in gasoline probably beats most energy sources to give a real robot the power it needs to become a real work horse. Electric robots pretty much don't seem to have enough power available to them unless they are hooked up to the electric grid with a wall plug in. That can't be done with a car unless a a fuel cell, fusion cell or nuclear cell is the energy source. The best prediction is gasoline, kerosene and or diesel will be what the great robots of the near future will run on. These robotic automobiles would certainly have great home use but they will also be of extreme value in military use as they can replace soldiers in the field. So long as they can refuel themselves with a versatile high BTU load energy like gasoline they will have power beyond any level troop build up. Norman Bell Geddes realized that something like GPS satellites would make it all possible all the way back before 1939. Now GPS is here and the Europeans are bringing out a competitive GPS system of their own that maybe more accurate than the existing American system just because it is newer and because the US Military's lock on the more accurate coordinate system might not necessarily apply. GPS and other networking can be the basis of how cars will communicate with each, traffic signals and navigate. The Internet itself could actually be the robotic car's main knowledge base so it already knows where the dry clear is you are sending it to pick up laundry at. The gizmo slant to electric for robotics also does not seem to have the power to run robots in dangerous places say as coal miners. There are dangers to running combustion engines under ground, however with gas pockets. It could be possible to let them string long networks of electric wires for themselves to run their power needs off of and let them pack in the electric cords by disassembling the network and rolling up the cord for later use on built in spools. Already there are lots of people working on putting a remote control lap top into automobiles with web cams so and hook ups to the brake and ignition and accelerator, horn etc so that the cars can be remotely driven. Artificial intelligence programs are advanced that you could have your own robotic car in less than one year if they can pass the department of motor vehicle tests. But wait, how do all those bad drives, horrible drivers we encounter on the roads every day ever pass the Department of motor vehicles test? The point is that Robots can probably pass the test and obey the law better than many humans can. What if your car computer malfunctions and turns into the 2001 Hal computer nightmare? That is also unlikely unless your new car believes in God. Eventually we could make non gasoline powered robots that will sit in church pews for us so we don't need to go to church any more once we load them with a faith program. Putting God in some computers may prove necessary in the future but at the moment it looks like gasoline is enough to really get the benefit from them now. We should expect to see a gasoline powered military urban warfare army in just a few years from now. Robots cost a lot less when harmed than having to send US soldiers to veterans hospitals. Spherical shaped armed gasoline robots can even have spherical armor so they can survive major arms fire and ground zero blasts and just bounce away for a quick systems check or self destruction so they don't fall in enemy hands. Great remote automated robots are available now if we switch them over to a reasonable fuel source until we have a real cost effective alternative and the necessary technology. They are on the shelf already and will be rolling out into the world where we will get used to them. A robotic car will actually stop when it sees a pedestrian walking across a designated pedestrian crossing 100% of the time verse too many drivers who passed their dmv tests but are clueless how to drive and know few or the rules of the road. The DMV is why the big government regulators are suggesting the impossible is possible with more regulation to slime up the entire economy. The more regulations there are the less of them people can remember. Robots doing something other than driving may be a bad idea. .