U.S. Challenges Japan to Giant Robot Fight


Rejoice! This is how everlasting world peace begins.

MegaBots, an American robotics company, recently challenged Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a giant robot fight. Now the challenge has been accepted. “We can’t let another country win this—giant robots are Japanese culture,” explained Suidobashi’s CEO, talking smack as he picked up the gauntlet. And so the robots shall duel. We can all look forward to a glorious gnashing of metal.

But there’s something far more important at stake here than mere corporate robot supremacy. I’ve been waiting for this day since 1989, when I first watched Robot Jox, the greatest transnational robot-fighting movie ever made. Robot Jox envisions a post–World War III future when all state-level conflicts have been outlawed. Sovereign disputes are instead settled via giant robot combat, with humans operating the robots from inside (much like this regular panda operates a giant, robot panda). In the robot melee featured in the film, the battle is over nothing less than possession of Alaska and all her natural resources.

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SOURCE: Slate, Seth Stevenson

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