Soldater i Irak formar emotionella band till de robotar de använder för att utföra olika uppgifter.

Soldiers bond with battlefield robotscom

U.S. soldiers in Iraq are giving nicknames and forming emotional bonds with bomb-defusing robots they have come to regard as teammates, according to the founder of the company that invented the machines.

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IRobot Chief Executive Colin Angle said one group of soldiers even named its robot “Scooby Doo” and grieved when it was blown up after completing 35 successful missions defusing improvised explosive devices.

“Please fix Scooby Doo because he saved my life,” a soldier told repair technicians, according to Angle’s account at last week’s Future in Review technology conference.

Företaget som tillverkar robotarna, iRobot, säger sig vilja använda sig av erfarenheterna från Irakkriget när de tar fram mer konsumentvänliga robotar.

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