Giant Robot Snake Fights Climate Change

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Giant Robot Snake Fights Climate Change

A vast team of engineers, programmers and other perpetrators of science are fighting climate change the only way they know how; by building a colossal robotic snake.

The Titanoboa was, and excuse me while I slip into technical jargon here, a giant-ass snake that lived approximately 58-60 million years ago. It's the largest snake ever discovered, with the biggest example of the, fortunately extinct, species measuring about 50ft in length. Unfortunately, being cold blooded and the length of a bus has it's downsides. The Titanoboa was made extinct by a 6-8 degree shift in the earth's climate.

Built at eatART in East Vancouver, the terrifying robotic reincarnation of this great snake featured in the video on the right was made by a team made up of dozens of students and professionals from a host of different disciplines. In their words:

The Titanoboa project seeks to reincarnate this 50 foot, 1 ton beast as an amphibious, electromechanical serpent machine meant to provoke discussions of our changing climate in a historical context. This giant electromechanical reincarnation will roam the earth striking terror in the hearts of those who dare to look into its eyes and contemplate the future of our planet.

It's certainly true that "Reduce your carbon emissions or I will have my giant robot snake eat you and your children" does sound a lot more compelling than anything any of the other Eco-friendly movements have came up with.

The final version of the Titanoboa will be submersible, rideable, and most importantly, drivable, but the designers stress that it'll take a grit, determination and a skilled hand to master the robo-snake.

"The complex control needed to properly move hundreds of individual parts will necessitate a skilled operator who has taken time to become at one with the serpent."

I am ready.

Source: Titanoboa

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First i was like "Nice" and when I saw the persons there I was like "Holy sh..". The scale isn't noticable without reference. Also, where is the camera man? In a robotic helicopter?

This snake deserves a kick ass song to go with him! You're welcome!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-0hL1vhTzU

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i want 2

I see their "Reduce your carbon emissions or I will have my giant robot snake eat you and your children" and raise them a "Time to arm up on the heavy weaponry so I can fight off the inevitable giant robot snake attack".

Is last link supposed to be 'Titanobra' because that sounds like a completely different feat of engineering altogether. x)

Otherwise, very cool. Can't wait to see the finished version.

Thank the Goddess that thing is extinct...*shudders*

Screw learning to pilot that beast! I volunteer to have my legs chopped off and my upper body GRAFTED to that beast. I won't just be "one" with it, I'll BE IT!

BabyRaptor:
Thank the Goddess that thing is extinct...*shudders*

He grows bigger if he eats little black squares...DO NOT FEED HIM THEM!

OT:....

I wants one...LIKE NOW...

My cat would shit herself though...or sit on it's head...one of the 2

/sigh

This makes me really miss battlebots. Shame it was so heinously mishandled, or else it might be a expanding into a full fledged sport by now.

Oh well.

I am way more interested in the spider walker thing that guy was driving. I want it. So badly.

Take my money, my whole wallet! Take my wife!! Just please, please oh please let me have one!!!

Become one with the snake!
HAIL COBRA!

Grey Carter:
It's the largest snake ever discovered, with the biggest example of the, fortunately extinct, species measuring about 50ft in length.

Must.....resist......dick joke.......

So the take away is... if we let the Earth heat up enough snakes might evolve to be really big again... and chickens might turn back into DINOSAURS!

How is this supposed to make us want to prevent climate change? Now I can dream of my distant progeny flying around in a helicopter hunting some kind of Tyrannosaurus Rex look-alike with a plasma rifle!

When will they make a giant Robot Stalin to fight climate change though?

LoL, it's meant to open discussion about climate change from a historical context... meaning that so called "global warming" and "carbon emission footprints" probably aren't going to be part of the discussion. Not to mention, snakes are cold blooded so it's not an amazing feat that thing was wiped out by such a temperature variation. AND..... no person is potentially responsible for it's destruction.

Climate change teaches us a single important thing, life finds a way. And the loss of a species doesn't ring in the beginning of the end times, as so many people seem to think it does.

First climate change, then the homeless problem...

Now here's something to picture....Imagine this Beast if it was the size of most anime Mecha's and included weaponry?

Paints a cool image don't it?

Slippery slope people, we are on a slippery slope. It won't be long before we have robots capable of rebellion.

Great, Skynet can add this thing to its arsenal when it takes over.

Can I have one of each for Christmas?

I will live by "Going green" if it means I can get one of each.

I don't get it.

They're using a mechanical recreation of a snake driven extinct by a natural climate change(most likely downwards no less, given the animal is cold blooded) of 6-8 degrees about 58 to 60 million years ago to convince people that a climate change of 1 degree in the past 100 years is immediately life threatening and artificial.

Maybe I just don't get it, but this sounds like they just scammed some rich eco-nutjob into funding their making a giant robot snake just for the hell of it.

That's pretty cool, and thank MechaChrist it's nowhere near as creepy as BigDog.
It's probably the comical face that fixes it.

Zaik:
I don't get it.

They're using a mechanical recreation of a snake driven extinct by a natural climate change(most likely downwards no less, given the animal is cold blooded) of 6-8 degrees about 58 to 60 million years ago to convince people that a climate change of 1 degree in the past 100 years is immediately life threatening and artificial.

Maybe I just don't get it, but this sounds like they just scammed some rich eco-nutjob into funding their making a giant robot snake just for the hell of it.

they convince people that a climate change of 1 degree in the past 100 years is immediately life threatening and artificial by making a gigantic life-threatening artificial snake. duh.

but i have to agree, it is totally awesome, but what does it do about climate change.

cthulhumythos:

Zaik:
I don't get it.

They're using a mechanical recreation of a snake driven extinct by a natural climate change(most likely downwards no less, given the animal is cold blooded) of 6-8 degrees about 58 to 60 million years ago to convince people that a climate change of 1 degree in the past 100 years is immediately life threatening and artificial.

Maybe I just don't get it, but this sounds like they just scammed some rich eco-nutjob into funding their making a giant robot snake just for the hell of it.

they convince people that a climate change of 1 degree in the past 100 years is immediately life threatening and artificial by making a gigantic life-threatening artificial snake. duh.

but i have to agree, it is totally awesome, but what does it do about climate change.

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This is going to take a while...

Lets's see where to start:
What they might be trying to say is that, say, our current society is the 50-foot, extinct snake, and America's dependacy on oil is the temperature. If America wasn't recieving fuel constantly, or if the snake didn't constantly have the correct outside temperature, America would grind to a halt pretty quickly. Now, in this metaphor, the other countries would be different species capable of surviving in the new temperatures, right? Wrong! They are the other snakes. Let's say America accounts for about half the snake population, and the snake population stands for the world economy. A drastic climate change in one part of the metaphorical world wipes out the America snake population, but will the other snakes be affected? Of course, because speaking for both metaphorical worlds, America is in a cushioned zone of the oil economy/temperature, meaning that it has enough money/is in the right place that the temperature changes will affect it last. So, what I'm saying that they are saying, is that we need to use less oil, or a severe outage will wipe us all out.

Please respond, I think I might've missed something...

The fact it is programed to save the climate at all costs and is filled with very adaptive viruses is nothing to worry about!

Suddenly I have an overwhelming urge to drive a giant robotic snake to work

BabyRaptor:
Thank the Goddess that thing is extinct...*shudders*

In Australia, they used to have snakes that grew up to the smaller, but still "Jay-zus WTF" size of 7 metres long, until about 50,000 years ago.

Not coincidently, the first Australians arrived in Australia about 50,000 years ago.

thaluikhain:

BabyRaptor:
Thank the Goddess that thing is extinct...*shudders*

In Australia, they used to have snakes that grew up to the smaller, but still "Jay-zus WTF" size of 7 metres long, until about 50,000 years ago.

Not coincidently, the first Australians arrived in Australia about 50,000 years ago.

Those were some very smart people. I applaud their actions.

Well, I know what I want for Christmas.

(Which is a new armchair. ... What, you actually think having that monstrosity around the house is a good idea??)

This really reminds me of the Giant Serapedes in GoW3.

Actually i find that walking spider with the pilot inside a lot more mindblowing.

At first I thought, that thing ain't so big. Then I noticed the little man in the spiderbot. this can only end badly for humanity. Skynet will use these machines to fuck our shit up.

What was that thing in the background walking around?

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