The whole thing was INTENDED to be discriminatory. I can just imagine the father saying "This ought to panic them because you are Muslim."
The reason that I say this? Sorry, but the kid did NOT make a clock. Not even close. He took a commercial clock, removed it from it's case, and put it in a briefcase. Period. I am not sure that the kid learned anything scientific except maybe pain associated with not touching the primary inputs on a 120V transformer.
Here is a link where some engineer was able to identify the MODEL of the clock that was taken apart.
Are legs really that useful in zero G? Only two arms when you could have three?
Yes, because even tracked vehicles have trouble going up 45 degree slopes. They want a robot that can climb hills, jump into pits, hang on to a irregular shaped asteroid, etc. You don't really think that this would just be used in space exclusively, do you?
Your suggestion about three arms is interesting, although you can argue that it might already have 4, since it is quite imagine-able that the feet might have articulate fingers/toes.
They aren't pandering to pop culture, it needs to be basically human shaped, since any vehicles it will be traveling in will be built primarily to accommodate human shaped astronauts. Or were you thinking that NASA should redesign everything to accommodate a three armed, no legged robot?
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