seneschal Posted January 1, 2013 Report Share Posted January 1, 2013 I watched an episode of the original series Battlestar Galactica in which a Cylon patrol casually forded a river to chase down a crashed Colonial pilot. Given that they are at least cyborgs and possibly full robots, this struck me as somehow wrong. Then I thought of how blithely R2D2 (Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back) took a lengthy dunking in an alien swamp and kept on ticking despite being so sodden that it spat out great masses of mud and muddy water upon its return to solid ground. Then I thought of a Doctor Who episode I saw where Dalek troops concealed themselves just beneath the shallows of a lake to attack from ambush. Now, I know that waterproof robots can and are built; we're using them to find famous shipwrecks and explore the ocean bottom. On the other hand, I also know how mere humidity can really mess up a cell phone's day. Water and electronics just don't mix well. I can see Lost in Space's B-9 environmental control robot being able to shed rain and handle soggy ground. It was designed to explore harsh, unfamiliar environments. But Cylons and Daleks are space soldiers, and R2D2 was designed to perform maintenance on other machines. Why would they be watertight? In the case of R2D2, it definitely wasn't watertight but it survived anyway. Wish the keyboard I'm typing on now was that durable. Thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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