United States Challenges Japan to Robot Duel

What better use for technological innovation than an international giant robot fight.
By Christine Linnell
  • Action movies have been promising us epic robot battles for decades, and now we may finally get one. MegaBots Inc have built the 6-ton MegaBots Mark II, a 15-foot tall, internally piloted humanoid robot that can fire cannonball-sized paintballs at speeds of over 120 miles per hour.

    What is the purpose of a robot of that scale, aside from shooting random things and yelling “wooooooo!” about it? Naturally, because this is America, you find another giant robot and challenge it to a fight to the death – and Japan has just the opponent for us.

    Kuratas, a 12-foot-tall fighting robot from Japan produced by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, fires BBs from its gatling guns at a rate of 6000 per minute. And because this is Japan, the robot has the truly weird detail of its guns being triggered by the pilot smiling and giggling.

    Who will win? Will the Japanese not even bother to show up? Should we be using our time and resources for more useful things? What do you think?