Heritage Foundation report calls for robotics funding to aid in fighting bioterror

The emerging field of robotics technology has opened up a whole host of opportunities to fight terrorism, including methods to prevent infection after a bioterror attack or provide relief to those already affected.

As robots become more sophisticated and autonomous, they can more easily and safely perform tasks that would normally place human lives in danger while working faster and more efficiently than human methods allow.

From a national security standpoint, a recent Heritage Foundation analysis reports, robotics research and development is vital to the safety of the United States.

Robotic technology, the Heritage Foundation says, will allow for immunity against biological agents and better cargo and passenger screening at airports and ports of call.

The Heritage Foundation's report says that UAVs - unmanned aerial vehicles - can, in the face of a biological attack, be used to deliver face masks and antidote to affected areas without endangering the risks of human lives.

Robotic medical personnel, the Heritage Foundation says, would be immune to a bioterrorist attack or an epidemic and would offer an easy solution to both contain the spread of disease and cure infected individuals.

The report, calling for continued funding for robotics research, adds that the safety of the American public from all terror attacks, not just bioattacks, is contingent on the ever increasing field of robotics technology and to not fund it would be disastrous.