"Robots will be hunting penguins at the LinuxWorld Conference
and Expo this week.
"The robots aren't part of some nefarious plot to replace
Linux's cuddly mascot, Tux, with a fiercer emblem. The bots will be
conducting demonstration search-and-rescue missions.
"During the demos at LinuxWorld, the Linux-running Centibots,
developed by SRI International and funded by the U.S. Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency, will be shown a stuffed penguin,
which will then be hidden within an obstacle course. The first
team, composed of mapping robots with laser-range finders, will
scan and chart the maze-like course and attempt to locate the
hidden penguin. They will then issue orders over a wireless command
center network to the team of tracking robots. The tracker team
will then be set loose to search for and, hopefully, rescue the
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