The Best Part Of The 2012 Budget Is The NBN-Powered Museum Robots

Forget more money in your pocket. A little-noticed but impressive feature of this year's Federal Budget is funding for robots that will run around museums doing your bidding. We love this, obviously.

Here's the full spiel from the budget papers:

The Government will provide $2.4 million over two years from 2011‑12 (including $0.4 million in capital funding in 2011‑12 and $0.02 million in 2012‑13) to provide online remote access to national cultural institutions to help demonstrate the opportunities offered by the National Broadband Network (NBN). Using the high bandwidth capability of the NBN, visitors will be able to undertake virtual tours of these institutions via mobile robots. Users will be able to engage and interact with local visitors and tour guides and will be provided with a range of additional on‑screen information to enhance their experience.

What we're really looking forward to is the inevitable movie where someone hacks a museum robot and uses it to steal a highly valuable cultural artefact. Titles, anyone?


    i would totally remote control that bot out into the streets onto a bus back to my place

    No, I think the obvious use is to reprogram the robots to run amok and terrorise the visitors. Westworld anyone?

    World News Headline
    "SkyNet begins in Australian Museums "

    Television Reporter reporting live from a museums - "The horror, these bots have some how re-programmed themselves and are now attacking people with tasers and cattle prods. Police have tried to talk to the robots but due to the different languages, this has become a problem. We can hear them now and the problems it has"

    Police Officer - "1001010101110101010101010.............................

    We hear and read much of robots from Japan, the USofA, Korea but most people don't know that Australia is at the forefront of robotics research and is the biggest user of robots on the planet!

    I welcome our new robot overlords.

    Nah, they are public service robots... they'll just tell you to take a number.

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