Americans need to be brainwashed out of their ‘robophobia’
Paul Joseph Watson
November 8, 2013
The fourth installment of the Robocop franchise, set for release in February next year, is based around the premise that robotic drones patrol the world but that America is the last holdout and needs to be brainwashed into relinquishing its “robophobia”.
A new trailer for the movie released today features a scene in which Samuel L. Jackson promises to make even the worst neighborhood in America “completely safe,” before showing footage of huge lumbering robots acting as military patrols in middle eastern countries, whose citizens are forced to submit to biometric scans by the robots in order to avoid being treated as a criminal.
“It is great to see American machines helping to promote peace abroad – so then tell me why can’t we use these machines here at home? Why is America so robophobic?” asks Jackson in his role as a showman advocate of mechanized crime control.
Leaders of OmniCorp, the multinational conglomerate that controls the machines, then set about trying to sell Americans on drones patrolling the streets by creating “a product with a conscience.”
Enter Robocop, a “man inside a machine,” the realization of what the burgeoning transhumanist moving is accelerating towards in real life.
The trailer suggests that the plot revolves around Robocop rebelling against his corporate masters, rediscovering his humanity and fighting against the drones.
The movie is set in 2028, which broadly coincides with when robots are expected to be patrolling real cities according to experts.
Within the next 30 years, Professor Noel Sharkey asserts that, “Humanoid walking robots would be more in use for crowd control at games, strikes and riots. Robots will patrol city centres and trouble spots where fights are likely to break out.”
“Robots will have reasonable speech perception and be able to ask questions and respond to answers. What is your ID number? What are you doing here? Move along. They may work in teams of tracked robots with non-lethal weapons (e.g. Tasers or nets) and be on call for diffusing difficult situations and arresting people,” adds Sharkey, who has warned that such robots will eventually be used to target and kill humans.
DARPA has already announced the creation of a robotic drone that looks human, with the construction of PETMAN by Boston Dynamics. Sharkey described the DARPA robots as “an incredible technical achievement, but it’s unfortunate that it’s going to be used to kill people.”
In a 50-page report published last year, Human Rights Watch also warned that artificially intelligent robots let loose on the battlefield would inevitably commit war crimes.
Former intelligence officer Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer, also wrote an essay warning of the threat posed by remorseless “killer robots” that will be used to stalk and slaughter human targets in the near future.
Last year, experts at the prestigious University of Cambridge announced a project to conduct research into the “extinction-level risks” posed to humanity by artificially intelligent robots.
Flying drones that communicate with each other are now being developed for “hunting terrorists” and other “homeland security” purposes, as well as UAVs that could one day snatch humans off the street.
Robot drones that are capable of killing intruders have already been operational along the South Korean border for years.
Although the kind of skills displayed by Robocop are many decades away, robotic drones for law enforcement and crowd control are already being introduced and will become increasingly sophisticated over the next two decades.