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How far are we from a real life RoboCop?


In celebration of the remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original RoboCop, we posed the question: how far is the day when a real life RoboCop will patrol city streets? Actually, Wired analyzed the topic first, we were just looking for an excuse to post this awesome screenshot from the new movie. Jokes aside, the fictional character of RoboCop faces some serious tech questions.According to Wired, humanity is at least 100 years away from being able to create the RoboCop we know from the movie(s).

The main reason of the fallback is that currently we don’t have the battery power to operate a robot suit with that many moving parts for any length of time. Scientists must invent first a much more compact power source that can power all the motors in a robot suit all day long.

On the other hand, and from a different technical point of view, present technology is not that primitive at all: while batteries are still weak, Wired notes that advances in brain-computer interface technology have been showing great promise, and prosthetics are getting better every day. It’s not beyond reality that we could have a RoboCop-like fully articulated robotic body connected to a human brain and spinal cord in about 100 years – but to operate this marvel of technology, somebody needs to discover a battery with 100,000 times the energy density of an iPhone battery.

Via: Wired

Watch this exclusive spot about the real tech background and relation between man and machine in RoboCop 2014…