Woof! Whizzzz! Here are the Robot Dogs! By Brian Simpson
On Saturday night, while most of the hard-working staff at the bullpen of Alor.org, worked away in a cigar smoke-filled room deep into the night, I was home with my wife in the green leafy suburbs, relaxing watching Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), with a good red, a movie which in spite of its political correctness, still rammed home the inherent dangers of the computer revolution. This story below seems minor at first, with robot dogs on patrol, but it is just a first step. Down the track the dogs of war will tear you apart if you step out of line:
“Robot dogs named “Spot” have reportedly been dispatched to parks in Singapore to remind citizens of safe social distancing measures. The Straits Times reports that four-legged robot dogs will be patrolling Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore from Friday, May 8, to remind citizens of safe social distancing measures. The robots, named Spot, will reportedly be patrolling gardens and nature reserves managed by National Parks Board and at parks managed by Singapore town councils. The robot patrol is part of a pilot trial being jointly conducted by NParks and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG). The Spot robot will be broadcasting a recorded message to park visitors reminding them to observe safe social distancing measures. The robot is fitted with cameras, enabled by GoveTech-developed video analytics, that will help to estimate the number of visitors at the parks. The firm claims that the cameras will not be tracking park goers or be capable of recognizing specific individuals and will not collect personal data. The Spot robot will be deployed over a two-mile stretch in the River Plains section of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park during off-peak hours over the course of two weeks and will be accompanied by at least one NParks officer. The robot was originally developed by the American firm Boston Dynamics and is capable of navigating obstacles more effectively compared to wheeled robots.”
Like much done in this corona freak-out, this is yet another test run for the brave new world the technocrats and Dr Frankenstein’s are delivering to the Masters of the Universe, while the people are as addicted to the techno-fix as any heroin addict, happy with a few IT scraps from the table of plenty.