Camel races are won by robot jockey today! Camel racing is an incredibly popular spectacle in Arab countries, a real national sport that is not inferior to football in terms of investments. In the Middle East, many believe that camel racing is a sport of sheiks and rich Arab monarchs.
And this sport has something in common with chess. The fact is that camel racing, like chess, has been won not by people for quite some time, but by artificial intelligence – robot jockeys.
The sad story of traditional camel racing.
Becoming a jockey is not so easy. And not only because the camel is a skittish animal, but also because you need to be very light. Until recently, the problem of jockeys was solved solely by the fact that children had to participate in camel races. About 40,000 children were abducted in different countries or sold by their families to end up on the back of a camel. And this is even though camel racing is quite dangerous even for an adult.
Robot jockey camel racing
However, civilized humanity puts pressure on the organizers of camel races the further, the stronger – and so, in the early 2000s, at the races in the Arab Emirates, young jockeys had to be replaced by riders older than 16 years. This immediately affected the sports results. But in 2003, an unusual project was launched: robot jockey camel racing! A Swiss company called K-team took over the development of the new technology, and after a couple of years, the first batches of robot jockeys named Kamal saddled camels.
Camel racing robot
Camel racing robot is here! Tiny camel racing robots for sports competitions quickly displace live riders: they are very light. Such a jockey costs about 5-6 thousand dollars. During the competition, a robot camel jockeys, obedient to the will of the remote operator, makes the racing animal turn, and even whips the humpback steed. And recently, the UAE police discovered a gang of dealers selling converted robots that even knew how to speed up camels with electric shocks. For cruelty to animals, they (dealers, not robots) were severely punished.
Robot camel jockeys
At the moment, robots the size of children are being built by several companies specifically to participate in camel racing in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and other Arab countries. The cost of one robotic instance ranges from $300 to $10,000.
This is how technology distorts the most ancient traditions and familiar entertainment. Of course, everyone has benefited from these robot jockeys: children are no longer stolen, and it has become easier for camels to run. But if cars do sports for us, won’t we become sedentary fatties, like in the cartoon about the adventures of the robot WALL-E?
Camel racing sport of sheiks
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, camel racing is a sport of sheiks also. This is certainly due to the long tradition of the sport and because the fathers passed this popular sport on to their children. The fact that many rich sheikhs take part in this sport is also due to the fact that a good and fast Camel costs a lot of money. A good Camel racing robot also costs more than $ 10,000 and cannot be financed by many enthusiastic camel racing fans.
Camel jockey robots
Remotely controlled camel jockey robots rule the world of Arab sports. Camel racing is the most popular sport in the whole Arab world. A camel participating in horse racing is a symbol of power and wealth. But who controls these exotic animals during the races? You will be surprised – this is not done by real people, but by robotic camel jockeys!