After watching this video, I have a hole different level of appreciation for the stability of that nuclear power plant. It seems really hard to compete with forces like that...With a volume that "hot", would a robot work? Remember, the Space Shuttle main computer has processer equivalent to the old intel 286 generation because anything with smaller features is too subject to derangement by radiation.
Uhm, no. I dont know where you are getting these ideas from.
People constantly bring their laptops, ipods and other computers to the ISS with them.
The Space Shuttle computers were updated several times during the lifetime of the Shuttles. The last update brought a full glass cockpit. You think that you can run that on 286 CPUs? I doubt it.
I heard that until recently many systems were using 486 CPUs, because they are very robust and still onyl require passive cooling, but 286? I am sure not.
Also, there are actually robots that were specifically developed to work in nuclear power plants in case of an accident. If anything, you should be able to shield them sufficiently.
According to engineers during my recent visit to Kennedy to see Atlantis, Endeavor and Discovery one of the Engineers told me that the are running 386's after having upgraded from the Motorola 68000 series, for the stated reason of radiation flight safety.