Posted by Dan at 04/12/2001 2:59 AM EST
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In Reply to: Re: Battlebots is NOT violence
Posted by s_alaniz on 04/12/2001 12:25 AM EST:
BattleBots demonstrates exactly what FIRST sets out to demonstrate; that science and engineering are fun and not comprised solely of boring engineers in white lab coats. And I do believe that BattleBots does a hell of a job at doing this. It reaches a lot of people and has some hugely positive effects on competitors and fans alike. No matter how vulgar and base you think it is you cannot deny this. As far as the violence issue goes, I really do not see how this projects onto the actions of humans. Like the father of robotic combat, Marc Thorpe, once said "even chess is violent if you think about it." I mean exactly what is so wrong that happpens in that arena? Is it the destruction of carefully designed creations that concerns you? First of all there isn't much destruction--most is superficial--second of all destruction fosters creation and improvement. All engineers test their products until failure to see what they're worth. And besides--you FIRST people should know this--the robot isn't the point, it's the process that precedes and creates it that matters. It's not really a gladiator spectacle either since no humans are involved--it's hard to have "mortal combat" when "immortals" are competing. And speaking of a gladiator spectacle, aren't all sports really just gladiator spectacles? I mean Dale Earnhardt as well as many other sports stars risk(ed) their lives to entertain and compete for fame and fortune. I'm sorry, I just don't see where everyone get's this "bad influence" thing. Do you actually know any people who have been negatively influenced by BattleBots? I mean if it influences them to build a robot--whether it has a hammer or a goal-balancing arm--then it's great in my opinion.