Robot Dogs To Patrol Our Coronavirus Nightmares

Robot Dogs To Patrol Our Coronavirus Nightmares

Robot Dogs To Patrol Our Coronavirus Nightmares

If you thought that police drones were an intrusion on your liberty, you’ll drop your jaw at robot dogs patrolling parks.

After all, we’ve seen governors and mayors who relish taking away citizens’ rights through executive orders. You can bet they’d relish the thought of using these creepy things in parks. Because it’s to keep us safe, you see!

Singapore has just unleashed one of these tech wonders in a city park. It wanders the grounds, reminding visitors to observe social distancing rules.

It’s also called “Spot.” Isn’t that cute? Squee!

What’s more, the Singaporean government may launch robot dogs at other parks, too.

Here’s Spot in action. Notice how the young woman on the park bench leaves, while some men keep away from it. Yet another jogs right on by.

But that’s Singapore! you might say. It’s not here!

Not yet, anyway. You see, the company that designed this version of robot dogs is based in Boston, and Boston Dynamics is quite proud of their doggos. Why, you can use them for all sorts of ventures, from construction, to mining, to utilities — it’s the all-purpose robot! Even Adam Savage is using one!

Plus, the Marines have been testing robot dogs for a while now. They can carry hundreds of pounds of gear, and can be used as scouts in place of flesh-and-blood working dogs. However, the military has determined that Boston Dynamic’s smaller robots aren’t robust enough for their demands. So that leaves them mainly for civilian work.

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Big Dog military robots/wikimedia commons/public domain.

But don’t call them creepy, says CEO Marc Raibert.

“We’re trying to sell these things. We want people to look at them for their utility or for whatever they might offer.”

While these robot dogs may not exactly be inhabitants of the Uncanny Valley, they’re peering over the edge, while we’re peering into the abyss of more government control. All in the name of “keeping you safe.”

These robot dogs are not out to track anyone, assures the government of Singapore. No, Spot will merely broadcast a message in a dulcet female voice, reminding park goers to keep a proper social distance.

“Let’s keep Singapore healthy. For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one meter apart. Thank you.”

What’s wrong with that? After all, it’s not a drone hovering as you try to go to a beach, barking orders at you. This is. . . nicer. And even if the robot dogs remind you of a headless Golden Retriever, they’re kind of cute, in a creepy way. Yeah, I know that toddler is crying in fear, but he’ll just have to get used to it. It’s the new normal.

I mean, they call it Spot, for crying out loud!

And they’re not going to track anyone, they say! Plus, they’re in Singapore, not here, so what’s to worry?

It’s because Boston Dynamics, like any company, no doubt would love to sell these puppies (see what I did there?) to cities here in the US. I’m sure NYC mayor Bill de Blasio, he of the failed “snitch line,” would love to see these robot dogs patrolling Central Park. I can see him now, rubbing his hands with glee as he works with the Boston Dynamics people to figure out a way to use them to track offenders. No Karens will be necessary to do his dirty work — he could use his army of robots.

Black Mirror robot dogs, anyone?

robot dogs

Credit: tenor.com.

A New Yorker would get a knock on his door and an officer hands the poor schlub a summons. Spot the robot dog recorded him playing unauthorized soccer games with too many of his friends.

No, robot dogs are not patrolling our parks . . . yet. But don’t worry — it’ll be for your safety. And you will like it.

Featured image: istolethetv/flickr/cropped/CC BY 2.0.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

10 Comments
  • Hmm. Do a search for “EMP generators” in your favorite engine. Not very hard to build.

    Enough power to take out an aerial drone at 50 feet IS difficult. But not a couple of feet to disable a grounded robot, or at least zap the wireless connect that is sending pictures back to the modern version of Wolfsschanze (Adolf’s Eastern Front HQ bunker).

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  • Wozzup says:

    This is a f@cking nightmare…….I have an even better prescription for robots like these – a Hornady 270 Win 145 grain projectile at about 800 meters per second.

  • Toastrider says:

    Isn’t this going to run up against the same issues red light cameras have in some jurisdictions?

  • Charles N. Steele says:

    A few years ago I heard Alex Jones say that globalist elitists planned to turn robots loose to cull excess population. I thought he was totally bonkers.

  • Bill Dumanch says:

    They are giving commands.
    The robots.
    Command infers control.
    To control is to use AGAINST the ‘subject’
    Used as a weapon.
    Weaponized.
    What will occur when the WEAPONIZED MACHINE
    “HAS DETERMINED YOU ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH AN ORDER”
    The MACHINE has determined
    You are a THREAT
    The MACHINE is a WEAPON
    Against…threats.

    Like you.

  • GWB says:

    please stand at least one meter apart
    Wow. I’ll welcome the doggy overlords if it means we don’t have to social distance at two meters. Even the control freaks in Singapore know 6 feet is silly.

    Honestly, robots as tools of law enforcement and such isn’t a problem. UNTIL… you start making them autonomous. Now you get into the possibility of them doing things that you can hold no one accountable for. “It was bad programming. We’ll get the glitch fixed and it’ll be right as rain” instead of “Sure, we’ll fire him and then you can prosecute him and they can sue him. Let’s not have any more bad cops like this.”

    As to the issues of them catching you at petty things (like social not-distancing) that is best solved not by creeping out at robots, but by hammering at your local and state lawmakers to stop ratcheting down the laws until we can no longer abide them.

  • Creepy! Puts me in mine of Fahrenheit 451‘s Mechanical Hound. A real villain!

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