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It sounds like the plot to a bad science fiction movie. ASIMO, Honda‘s humanoid robot, is sent into the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plan in Japan to help out where human’s can’t, only to be transformed by Plutonium into a killing machine.
But don’t worry says Honda, it’s not going to happen. Despite a story by Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun indicating as much (minus our editorialized outcome), Honda has officially commented that any such plans are merely, “speculation.”
The piece in the Asahi paper went into detail, indicating that the 4-foot, 3-inch robot’s upper body would be upgraded to handle the task, while it’s feet could be replaced with wheels or caterpillar tracks, to better move about in the debris strewn
nuclear plant, which continues to leak radiation.
“Although Honda hopes that ASIMO will someday be a helper to people, at this point the robot is solely a research and design project,” said US Honda spokeswoman Lauren Ebner.