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Are robonauts better than astronauts ?

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Are robonauts better than astronauts ?

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Click here to watch video - 02:48s

Michio Kaku explores whether we are better off sending robots in to space instead of people.

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I couldn't get the vid to play here on my work computer, so I don;t know what position he takes on this, but my feelings are that while robots can be very useful in space exploration,

I still think that using human crews offers much more versatility, and flexibility than robots do... A robot can only do what it is programmed to do, while a person can "re-program" themselves for

spur of the moment tasks "on-the-fly"...

Plus if people never go to space.... people will never go to space... (if that makes sense)

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Robonauts are not better than Astronauts, but before we go anywhere it would be sensible to send a few Robonauts to test the conditions of the place we intend to explore.

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He makes a great point, no need for food, or air, or a return trip and if the robot "dies," build another. It's not a bad compromise until the day come when we find a cheaper and safer way to go into space, and if you could actually control them like an avatar, that would be quite an accomplishment. There is still the problem of a time delay, even at the speed of light it takes a bit for the signals that control your avatar robot to reach them. So you can't just start walking towards a cliff, you have to plan ahead, carefully.

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