Robotic Camel Jockeys?


After laws were passed in the United Arab Emirates to stop the abuse of children as camel jockeys, robots may be introduced to ride in the races:

The United Arab Emirates plans to introduce robot riders this year, newspapers said on Sunday.

“The mechanical jockey is light in weight and receives orders from the instructor by a remote control system fixed on the back of the camel,” said the daily Gulf News, quoting an official statement. The daily said that President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan was behind the initiative. The Gulf Arab state last month enacted new laws to crack down on the trafficking of under-16 camel jockeys, a practice internationally condemned as a form of slavery.

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