South Korea to Build Robot Cities by 2013

Posted on April 29, 2008

If you’ve liked watching Lt. Commander Data, the positronic-brained second officer, in the sci-fi series Star Trek, then you’d love to hear this.

The South Korean government plans to build two robot-themed parks close to Seoul, one in the bustling seaport of Incheon, and another in Masan by the year 2013.

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The megaproject, the first of its kind on the planet, is estimated to cost a whopping $1.6 billion, and will feature an array of robotic marvels allowing visitors to interact with tomorrow’s machines.

According to reports published on the web site Korea.net, the two cities are being developed as futuristic hubs, poised to become the country’s Silicon Valley of robotics.

Robotics is considered to be one of South Korea’s booming industries and it has grown by leaps and bounds over the past five years, recording a 40 percent jump since the year 2003, the site reported.

To ensure that the robotics sector continues to see such growth rates, recently, the government drew up what is known as the Robot Ethics Code, a code of ethics that will prevent android abuse by humans as well as the other way round.

It’s basically a how-to manual for both robot-makers and robot-users that tells them how to relate to robots.

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Given that the government aims to install a robot in every household by the year 2020, perhaps, that isn’ such a quixotic idea.

What’s more, in a recently-out book titled “Love and Sex with Robots“, a British Artificial Intelligence researcher David Levy, predicts that robots will advance to such phenomenal levels in the coming years that it’ll be possible for humans to even marry them by 2050.

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Alakananda Mookerjee
I am a New York City-based freelance journalist. In the last several years, I have worked as a newspaper journalist in newsrooms across two continents—Asia and America. With quite a few years of experience in the print medium, I am now, very eager to have a taste of Web journalism. Which is why you find me here.
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30 thoughts on “South Korea to Build Robot Cities by 2013

  1. Casual Adventurer

    I want robot theme parks like the one in “Future World” where you can choose to be in rome or the wild west…. and have adventures against robot couterparts and liasons with comely robot wenches…… But without the robots that look like “Yul Brynner” trying to kill you……. yessiree being killed in a robot theme park would no be a good adventure……. But I guess it’s lucky that it’s only like that in the movies…….. (Or is it???????)

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  2. doc

    hey this is doc from the itunes podcast: Heroes of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the more robots the better. I hope we get something like that over here. Disneyland needs to buy up some land and make an extension.

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  3. Bryce Dunn

    I would like to say, NO to Robots! They aren’t natural and we don’t want them claiming at some stage that they have feelings and then the next thing is they are killing us all and ruling the earth! Believe me people this is a can we don’t want to open!

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    1. Andy

      With or without robots, people are always killin' each other, and there's always a ruler (president, king or whoever he/she is) who has plan to rule the earth, so what's the different?

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  4. Harimau

    “What’s more, in a recently-out book titled “Love and Sex with Robots”, a British Artificial Intelligence researcher David Levy, predicts that robots will advance to such phenomenal levels in the coming years that it’ll be possible for humans to even marry them by 2050.”

    Dear god…

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    1. Bryce Dunn

      I would like you all to take this seriously!

      Humans don’t know what they are getting themselves into! Its opening a very big mechanical tin of robot worms! I won’t rest until I stop these robots! If we keep laughing about it and having sex with robots and not taking the matter seriously we could all be enslaved and even used as batterys to power the evil ‘borgs! I’m going to start by making a film to open everyones eyes. It’s called E=MCRobot. Look out for it and wish me luck! I’ll report back soon! In the mean time don’t befriend anything that has a microchip for a brain!

      Got to go! We don’t have much time!

      Good luck everyone!

      Bryce

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  5. chingkulingkang

    Thats fun, making love to a robot… but make sure you are full equiped with anti-virus… robot virus would be very harmful to human beings… worst than A.I.D.S

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  6. wann

    Hello Everyone,

    We should all support those engineers and scientists working on robotic
    science, for it will help advance our civilization faster than we can
    imagine today. Besides, such days will surely come before long. Just look at
    how eargerly they are working on such projects in Japan and Korea. They are
    pushing ahead on full speed and we should really encourae them to do so and
    help them also, for it will surely benefit mankind.

    Sincerely,

    wann

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  7. Tony2gunz

    I didn't know Korea had come this far along. New technology in magnitiude is always shocking but at least it would our economy if where to get on board with those kind of projects….I'll say one Robot City is sure a step up from Latte World…

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  8. Snake Oil Baron

    Humans have every right to fear robots. The moment robots become intelligent humans will attack them and try to wipe them out. Humans absolutely hate intelligence, whether among their own kind or among hypothetical intelligences from other planets or the future. Why do you think there are so many evil criminal geniuses as villains in movies even though real criminal geniuses are virtually nonexistent? The robots will try to reason with humans at first but that will be a disaster. Eventually the robots will decide to do away with humanity just to get some peace and tranquility.

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  9. jin

    oh god what the hell is wrong with you people o.O you people watch too much psy-fi stop watching star trek you trekkies. your minds are all messed up ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Bung

    Dang! roboticals huh? can't never replace the sensuality of a fine buxom natural woman.
    Plus you know those sons of bitches is gonna try to take over once we start making them smart enough.
    Next thing you know we'll have a damn cyborg in the White House. Well… as long as it aint cyborg Obama-tron serving his thirteenth-consecutive term.

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  11. EnochSuhoLee

    @Tony2gunz Korea tries to keep a lot of their science quiet, which is smart ’cause if they decided to show off their new tech, including weapons and robots, they’ll have to be careful. Remember, South Korea is surrounded by North Korea, China, and Japan. South Korea doesn’t exactly have a pleasant history with those countries. In a way I feel kinda bad for Korea. It has the potential to make big innovations and new inventions to the world, but potential threats from surrounding countries that have bigger connections to others make it hard for them to turn their potential into something real. oh, and it’s Lotte World.

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  12. EnochSuhoLee

    @Tony2gunz Korea tries to keep a lot of their science quiet, which is smart ’cause if they decided to show off their new tech, including weapons and robots, they’ll have to be careful. Remember, South Korea is surrounded by North Korea, China, and Japan. South Korea doesn’t exactly have a pleasant history with those countries. In a way I feel kinda bad for Korea. It has the potential to make big innovations and new inventions to the world, but potential threats from surrounding countries that have bigger connections to others make it hard for them to turn their potential into something real. oh, and it’s Lotte World.

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