Robots take to the saddle

September 2006
New Statesman;9/4/2006, Vol. 135 Issue 4808, p19
This article reports on an innovation in camel racing in Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates. The sport is very popular in Dubai, but it has been much criticized for its use of small children as jockeys. The treatment of these children, frequently obtained through kidnapping and routinely abused, tarnished the image of the country. As a solution, the government Dubai pioneered the use of costly robot jockeys, but racers found that disguised bags of rice worked just as well. Nonetheless, the plight of the child jockeys has been alleviated.


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