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Gun Controllers push for Robot Apocalypse rather than arming teachers

Sci-fi is only fiction until it isn’t.

A company in silicon valley has created a 5ft tall, 300 lb R2D2 looking robot that they hope will keep tragedies like Sandy Hook and other school shootings from happening.

“We founded Knightscope after what happened at Sandy Hook,” said the company’s co-founder William Santana Li. “You are never going to have an armed officer in every school.”

No, because an armed “officer” (could be a teacher) would be effective and since gun controllers in general have an aversion to logical solutions that work, they march out idiotic ideas like have a robot monitoring the halls.

Let’s just touch base with the obvious problem as it relates to Mr. Li’s statement.  Unless this monstrosity is armed with kung fu devensive programming or armament itself (which is another HUGE problem if it were) what you basically have is an oversized, overpriced, overly intrusive smoke detector.

If someone is going to shoot up a school they are going to run by The Robot while it yells “DANGER Will Robinson DANGER”.  What good is that going to do?  It will still take someone WITH  A GUN a quarter of an hour at least before they get there to stop the rampage.  In that time the tragedy will all ready have conclued.  In fact, it will just allow for another layer of tragedy to be piled on when people think about the money that could have been spent on arming a couple of teachers and training them instead of on a overpriced bucket of bolts.

That’s just the EASY argument to be made about these machines.  If we scratch the service then we begin to see the ethical and moral questions that spring up.  Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy and Information Center, a privacy rights consortium located in Washington, D.C. puts it this way:

“Once you enter public space and collect images and sound recordings, you have entered another realm. This is the kind of pervasive surveillance that has put people on edge.”

I know we  live in a country whose government doesn’t believe in privacy, but at least they hide it poorly behind a veil of national security and other such nonsense.  These little walking spybots will be EVERYWHERE, recording EVERYTHING.  Warrants and probable cause be damned.

What kind of world are we heading toward?  People will say “if you aren’t a criminal you have nothing to worry about”.  That is about as asinine a statement as I have ever heard.  For the government has the ability to make the benign into a crime and when they know everything about everyone the ability to resist tyranny would be stamped out.

Imagine our Founding Fathers plotting REVOLUTION while spy bots whiz about them.  They would all hang together all right, from the King’s gallows.

But lets not take it so far back, if this technology was present a scant 100 years ago we still would be under the yoke of prohibition.  Speakeasy’s weren’t patroned by hardened criminals, they were just regular folks who didn’t want to abide by the laws enacted by tyranny.

And to hear Knightscope talk about it, these robots are a precursor to Minority Report’s “pre-crime” unit:

“Data collected through these sensors is processed through our predictive analytics engine, combined with existing business, government and crowd-sourced social data sets, and subsequently assigned an alert level that determines when the community and the authorities should be notified of a concern.”

Basically, the machines will cross reference activities between what the government has collected from spying on you to what you yourself freely reveal to notify the “authorities” should they deem you “out of the norm”.

Ayn Rand called it after all.

And help us all if some lazy bureaucrat feels that, in order to save a couple of bucks by laying off some flesh and blood employees, arming the robots is a good idea.  That is not science fiction either as our military is moving forward with development of AUTONOMOUS drones.  These machines will then have the power of life and death in their cold metallic hands.

Don’t think me techno-phobic.  But in truth, the advent of thinking machines ubiquitously present and recording our every action and movement can have one of three results.

  1. Robot Apocolypse – If you give a machine the ability to think, you shouldn’t be surprised when they think they are superior to you
  2. Robot Indulgence – The Pixar film WALL-E does a pretty good job representing what humans look like when we give our lives wholly over to machines
  3. Robot/Human Utopia – The Star Trek vision where machines and humans cohabit in a Utopian paradise.  Of the 3 THIS is the one with the most Science FICTION.

And all this started because we wanted to keep our kids safe at school?  Forget the Robot Guardians and train some teachers to shoot a lunatic.  Problem solved with the added bonus that the Robot Apocalypse is averted.

It’s not even noon yet on a Monday and I’ve all ready saved the world.


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  • Harold

    Stupid POS still have their head up their anal orifice that they can’t even think straight

  • yaki534

    Oh, great Now we will have armed robots defending our children? S-T-U-P-I-D idea.Someone has been watching too many Star Wars movies or maybe smoking too much pot. Never trust a robot with this much power.

  • Larry Cowden

    Terminator come to life! Woudn’t Arnold be proud? And of course, any smart hacker could easily take over that robot and cause massive destruction and loss of life before it was taken down. Really fracking smart. And as to who hacked it and carried out the crime? That is almost a guaranteed certainty that they will never find them.

  • Larry Cowden

    Where’s Arnold when we need him?

  • Mindy Robinson

    These robots are tin cans which are programmed , you know like the thug in chiefs web site, a program and programs are always buggy. Imagine when one of these tin cans perform an action due to a bug in the program, what do you think the possibilities are?

  • Redwhiteblu

    What would happen if the robot got hacked and re-programmed to actually shoot up the school… would a much bigger problem than sandy hook

  • Ramesses II

    are these terminators going to x-raying the kids causing sterility and cancer? What is the concept? Do they eventually get guns and make decisions based on government whitehouse programing? What is going on?

    By the way they have had work robots attacking people in Japan for no reason.

  • Charles

    Robo – fi sponsored by obama…. more money thrown down the drain so obama can raise the debt ceiling again and again …

  • Charles P

    What happens when these machines catch the band teacher (or the choral teacher, etc) HUM PIN a FEW STUDENTS????!!

    Sounds to me that the SCHOOL EMPLOYEES WILL BE CAUGHT, AND BLACKMAILED BY ? (school administrators? School Security? Other school staff??)!!!!
    When it comes to knowing things, PRETENDING NOT TO KNOW IS OFTEN BETTER THAN KNOWING!!!
    Just ask the MSM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Williams

    I have said for years that we need to have the people that are actually in the shooting gallery to be armed, the teachers and administrators. Right now those making the decisions are government bureaucrats with no skin in the game except for the wish to tell someone else how to solve a problem that they themselves are unlikely to ever have to deal with. We need to give the teachers the option to be trained and armed, not all will choose to do so but many will. Anyone faced with the situation of survival should have the choice to fight back or just lay down and die, because those are the primary decisions that will exist.. I think there are a lot more fighters than there are lay down types. If one looks at the vast majority of these all these mass shootings, one of the things they all have in common is that they are in “gun free zones”. I don’t care what the anti gun crowd has to say, if one of these shooters has someone shooting back this at the minimum is going to distract them from what they are trying to do, it is hard to accomplish your task when you are dodging bullets. The anti gun crowd refuses to acknowledge that firearms are used on a daily basis to stop crimes by armed ordinary citizens. The big problem is they are afraid of the results because it will prove the long term propaganda they have been shoveling is a lie.

  • rockyvnvmc

    Shades of ‘The Terminator’! The Next thing you know, they’ll want to run Arnold Swartzenegger for President !
    Since they pushed an Illegal Alien into the Oval Office, now, Anything goes, huh ?

  • Bob G

    Loved the Danger Will Robinson memory. I don’t remember the robot ever actually saving Will though. Wasn’t it his dad that always showed up? The Libbies need to watch more old TV. And who was the professor that always screwed things up? Funny that it was a professor. Now I’m thinking Twilight Zone and a vision of the future. Professors and young minds turned into oatmeal? OMG, then there’s the Outer Limits. Can’t say we didn’t have early warning. The zombies are here via the DNC.


    so,the gunman shuts down the elevators and is on the 3rd floor shooting while the robot on wheels,with no stair climbing ability,rolls round uselessly on it wheels on the 1st floor unable to help.

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  • tionico

    don’t spend a dime on this crazy scheme.. it will create more proiblems than it solves…. and not solve the one it is supposed to cure. Nor is there any need to spend much, if anything, on arming teachers and staff and perhaps other responsible adults. WHY? you ask? Simple.. there are ALREADY enough such people who are trained and lawfully carrying defensive weapons on their persons nearly everywhere else BUT school. They arleady OWN their arms, buy their ammunition, and pay for their own skill development. They take their active “first responder” status seriously wherever they go. You can read about them contunually.. stopping various sorts of mayhem, most times without even firing a shot. Simply change the laws that now prevent them from also doing so in the schools. No one but them even need know they are armed…… so HOW would the kids “get paranoid” if Mrs. Welch were packing? Most kids I have known would feel more securte KNOWING she is packing… they would be secure in the knowledge that if another Adam L:anza were to come round to THEIR school and pull off a mass murder that Mrs. Welch would be willing to lay her own life on the line to stop him. But, as mentioned, they would never know…. nor would the Adam Lanzas of the world. The very POSSIBILITY that Mrs. Welch might be armed would work to cast doubt on whether the body count would be sufficiently high to enshrine him as “the worst one on record”. Remember Luby’s Cafe, Texas, back about 1960 or so? A mad gunman shot and killed a significant number of people after crashing his truck through the front wall of a crowded restaurant. Susanna Hupp was having lunch with her parents… had the Mother May I paperwork to lawfuly carry her handgun, but Texas law at the time prohibited carry in restaurants, so she had left her handgun in her truck. She watched, helpless, as both her parents were shot and killed by the madman. IF she had broken the law, or the law had not been in place, she could easily have neutralised the shooter after only a few rounds out of his gun. This is precisely the scenario we face in our schools.. a manman shooter shows up, NO ONE IS ARMED, as it is illegal, thus the shooter can kill at will…. until someone DOES show up with a gun who knows how to use it. Why not allow the GOOD GUYS who already have their own guns, and the skill to use them in exactly such situations, to possess them inside the schools just as they do at the bank, store, theatre, parks, churches., restaurants, coffeehouses….. and in some states even bars/taverns. Simple effective, safe, cheap solution. How many madmen have shot up restaurants in Texas since they changed the law and allowed carry in restaurants? I’ll put it in nice round numbers……000. WHY? Because that same Susanna Hupp can now bring her handgun inside instead of locking it up in her truck so she can watch her parents get killed right before her eyes. Makes the crazies hesitate a bit……. precisely what is needed.

  • DrZarkov99

    Stupid! There are much simpler solutions, like locking classroom doors that are fire and bullet proof; removable bullet proof desktops with handles; bullet proof glass. Focus on making it hard for a violent creep to get to his victims in the first place. Outdoor play areas are the hardest to make secure, but it is possible without requiring active, semi-sentient, complicated systems. I personally see nothing wrong with an armed teacher as the last, desperate defense, but there’s lots that could be done to avoid the need to have a shootout in the first place.

  • JJM123

    But they work fine in the controlled environment of the lab. We will take it back to the lab to determine what went wrong and caused it to Hurt, Maim, Kill and Dismember half the classroom when it detected one of the students shooting rubber bands.
    Technology is great until it malfunctions.

  • kpjlaw

    Liberals have no common sense, and cannot see the effect that their pie-in-the-sky theories will have when they become reality. This is happening to this country right now.

  • Ramesses II

    There is a good chance that the robot will, in order to detect problems,
    will X-ray the students, and anyone coming in with a gun will also be
    X-rayed, so in the end after the perpetrator has shot all the kid with
    cancer from the X-ray machine, so the perpetrator years later childless from being sterilized by the X-ray machine, will no doubt also die of cancer years later from the X-ray robot after his escape from the massacre. So in end poetic justice and irony will reign supreme.

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