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Background: In 2080, several major terrorist incidents were recorded. At first thought to be of a political nature, they were found to be the work of right wing religious fanatics. Bearing all the hallmarks of terrorist activity in the early 21st century, the attacks consisted of a coordinated network of strategic car bombings and train bombings spread over areas of maximum effect. These indications remeniscent of terrorist activities in the middle east were soon identified as religious acts, however the true impetus behind them was not clear until one of the activists was killed in the process of a bombing. During the autopsy, a tattoo was discovered across his left scapula. It read... 'Thinker'
Brief:Your task is to create an automated machine capable of neutralising a suspected bomber. There are several limitations to consider.
1. The targets are live, intelligent human beings in a heightened state of alertness. Their awareness of their surroundings will be keen. The machine must be able to approach the target without alerting suspicion (whether through concealment or inconspicuosity).
2. The target is assumed to be carrying live explosives. The machine must be capable of suppressing an explosion in the event that the explosives are detonated.
3. Due to the tense nature of the political situation in a world that has been quickly transformed from ideal to dystopic, many people will be falsely identified as terrorist targets. The machine must be able to suppress the explosive and the suspect using NON LETHAL means.
Its an electric craft that docks when not in flight, but uses its lenses to scan an assigned area from a high vantage point, searching for "unusual" human behaviors that would suggest paranoia or an overfocus on a nearby structure. This imaging ability, coupled with sensors detecting the faint traces of bomb materials that escape any explosive device allow the sentinel to minimize accidental tracking. Low profile is the key to catching terrorists.
The craft would then fly at high altitude virtually silent to observe the subject more closely. If targetted for full scan, the sentinal descends from directly overhead and fires 4 spikes connected to guide wires, to allow for containment / scan rings to follow their guide wires. Simultaniously the sentinal fires an electrode (or both, depending on size) into the upper neck of the subject, rendering he or she paralyzed in the upright position. The rings descend around the subject, scanning for bomb materials, and giving the AI a 3dimensional mapping of the subject and bomb. If bomb is not present, sentinal retracts into its normal positions, including electrodes (rendering subject mobile), and dispenses a recorded apology / thanks for cooperation.
If bomb is present, 4 retractable arms will then descend the wires operating in unison to attempt defusal, capable of accessing any height within the ring containment along the wires.
If bomb detonates, blast will be contained by the rings, forcing it upwards through the sentinal itself. Thus, the robot is designed to streamline in order to minimize its damage, to return scan data in tact to either its respective dock, or through human retrieval at the detonation sight.
If bomb can be removed, sentinal can lift off with bomb in claws to defuse / detonate in safer location - a larger electric charge down the electrode will render the subject paralyzed in the fetal position until authorities arrive to detain him / her, following the Sentinal's tracking beacon.
Subject will only remain in containment if nessecary for sake of safety of others (if suicide bomber), or if electrodes fail to immobilize. A suicide bomber's life is, however, deemed less important than that of nearby citizens in the AI's processing- and will take no regard to release the containment rings if the bomb can not be removed nor defused.
After the removal of a lot of bins at potential terrorist targets, law enforcement agencies have decided to replace these missing bins with a new means of surveillance and immobilisation: defuse_
Defuse_ uses T-rays (link) to detect the presence of plastic explosives, biological/chemical weaponry and arms. Further identification should be used for those permitted to carry such items, so that the Defuse_ will not neutralise a friendly target. Once a target has been identified the unit communicates with other units to produce gravity waves (or gravitons) which constructively interfere at the target to temporarily unravel hidden dimensions (see: string theory) which then enclose on the target, trapping the target in a hidden plane of existence until law enforcement agencies can assess the situation and determine whether the target should be retreived or, in some cases, left for eternity just beyond sight.
'Representing the very latest in counter-terrorist technology, the arachnid guardian units combine rapid response, active cloaking and 2 Restraintweb® cannons to keep our citizens safe at all times. Capable of independant operation and an average speed across an urban landscape of 40mph they represent a significant advance in the war against terror. The high tensile Restraintweb® ensures that any blast is contained and any suspects can be quickly detained for questioning without injury.'
The Defuse MX4200 is an all in one detection and containment bomb unit. It features a highly maneuverable hover drive system allowing it to operate in virtually any environment. If a bomb threat is detected, the MX4200 features a high pressure cannon that disperses an explosion absorbing and immobilizing foam agent upon any target.
Sogbad would have got my vote if it was finished....
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