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Maybe it's a chilling vision of the total security state; maybe it's a cool combination of realistic computer graphics and location foootage; maybe it's just a parody of COPS-style docu-squalor. Whatever it is, the celebrated Tetra Vaal commercial answers The Onion's old question: If they can put a man on the moon, why can't they make killer robot police?

It doesn't make a very good case for the robocop's effectiveness, though: The violent crime rate seems to be going up as the ad goes on.

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  1. The progress of computer animation (the robot was animated?!?) never ceases to astound me.

    [PARANOIA FILTER OFF] However, how far would one have to go from using realistic effects in a television commercial to, say, fabricating an event passed off as “real” news? How effective a propaganda tool would that be? Perhaps it’s being used already! [PARANOIA FILTER ON]

    Wag The Dog, anyone?

  2. Fantastic effects; I’d assumed it was a real robot albeit remote operated by a human in a second skin. I am a techie, so that says a lot.

    I saw a program on tv a year or so ago where a small robot was demonstrated walking, running and jumping perfectly (on a flat surface) so the technology does exist to keep it upright.

  3. Up until the part where the robot is running on the treadmill I took that commercial seriously.

    It’s not as far off as you might think.

  4. I thought the first truly convincing animated robot was the AWESOM-O 4000.

  5. Up until the part where the robot is running on the treadmill I took that commercial seriously.

    Ok, now I really have to see this….I tried watching it on my work computer, but I can only get the audio (no visuals). Alas, I am unable to add software/plug-ins without Administrator status…

    It did sound like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was in the background music montage, though, which is really cool in itself….

  6. Part II. will follow our robot to his aerobics class and watch as it dispenses some serious Beach Justice.

  7. Oh, yeah… “Gumbel to Gumbel,” baby!

  8. SPD–between the gumble to gumble comment and your “Did he find it” comment on the thread below this one you are hitting them out of the park today.

  9. Thanks. I have my moments. Gotta thank my meds.

  10. Actually, I’ve never thought this was meant to depict a robo-cop so much as some sort of robo-peacekeeper or other anti-insurgency robot.

    Very well done, and disturbing on many levels.

  11. Here’s an alternate link to a much higher quality version the movie (16 mb, Quicktime).

  12. Now this is what I want Half-Life 3 to look like!

  13. Where have you been? This video is at least a year old. I am now losing faith in your nerd skills.

  14. “This is a police control…”

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