Posted by nea229 on May 10, 2010
Steambot Chronicles is a game which presents a virtual environment that displays some interestingly similar characteristics to our modern day urban landscapes. A player of this game is likely to discover that much of the obstacles and boundaries that are presented in the game’s environment are much like the ones that are experienced in ‘real-life’. The statements that I am making now are gathered from observing our professor play the game while we were in class. We noticed that while she was operating her Steambot, it was necessary for her to stop at stop-signs, yeild for pedestrains, respect the speed limit, and generally adhere to all other facets of urban structures that we experience in our own urban landscapes. It leads a person to wonder if whether or not machines of that nature would ever be allowed to function in our types of ‘real’ urban landscapes. If so, would they be forced to yeild to the same types of urban transportation laws that we have to currently? The ideal answer would be to assume that they would be, but law enforcement agencies would also ideally do everything they could to match and manage the power of these machines, and the humans that operate them. With a innovation in transportation technology and a particullarly larger scale as is noticed on the Steambot, it would follow that large scale innovations would need to be generateed in order to comply with all other facets of the society in which those innovations are created. for example, larger streets need to be created and building entry points need to be enlarged. Pollution levels will rise as a result of the co2 emmissions given off from such “Steambots”, following an enlargement and restatement of urban emmissions policies. The amount and nature of urban laws, as we understand them today, would inevitabley have to experience a change. Therefore, we as humans would experience a change in the way we live our lives in Urban landscapes. A change in one system can reflect a certain change that is made in another system, and change in transportation mode would reflect a change that is made towards the way we live our lives in this grand urban complex; much as it does in the game Steambot Chronicles.