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- Charles Stross

Spider Robot  
  Tiny spider-sized robots that are able to search buildings and identify occupants.  

When searching for the renegade John Anderton, two officers search a flophouse. A thermal scan reveals 28 warm bodies.

What's the best way to quickly search a building full of people who might fight back or have weapons or might try to hide?


(Minority Report spider robot swarm)

"I confirm 28 warm bodies... What do you think - four spiders, one per floor?"

"Let's do eight - I gotta eat!"

From Minority Report (Movie), by Steven Spielberg.
Published by Dreamworks in 2002
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The spider robots are stored in each officer's belt with their legs retracted; the officers throw them across the floor.


(Minority Report spider robot)

Most of the occupants of the building have been through this before, and submit to the robot spiders as they climb onto their faces to scan their eyes.


(Minority Report spider robot)

The above picture shows the scanning process from John Anderton's point of view.

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