R2D2 vs Robocop

Robocops Released in China and U.S.

China’s Version of the Robocop


At just under 4.9 ft-tall, China’s “robocop” weighs in at 172 lbs.  And while its cruising speed is a leisurely 1 km per hour, for those perpetrators thinking of making a break for it, the robot can keep up at top speeds of 11 mph (18 km/h)…

A Chinese university has unveiled a new Dalek style robot that is designed to electrocute unruly members of the public (otherwise known as “domestic terrorist”, according the the U.S. government) if they do not comply with orders given to them within 10 seconds.

Looking like a mix between R2D2 and a Dalek from the Doctor Who TV show;  the Dalek is designed to help police keep members of the public in check during riots or protests by giving them an electric shock.
The robot was developed by a company called Knightscope, thus the Knightscope K5 serves as a total surveillance machine for cops, complete with facial recognition and capability to scan 1,500 license plates per minute, captures audio and 360-degree video, can test the air for chemicals, and also map its surroundings with 3D radar and laser.

Another useful thing the Knightscope K5 does for the police is that it learns to distinguish “suspicious activities” from normal activities.  When the K5 detects what it perceives as trouble, it alerts local authorities.

These robots will also be available to private citizens and corporations to rent out for less than minimum wage, at just $6.25 per hour.  Malls and office buildings are now starting to employ the K5 units as security assistants.

United States Version of the Robocop


And you KNOW the U.S. wouldn’t let an opportunity like this slip by!  Only the U.S.’s version looks quite different from the Chinese’s rather “cute” and harmless-looking version.
Researchers at the University of Florida have been working on a police robot which could carry out everyday law enforcement tasks.  This year, 2016, there will likely be a 6-foot tall police robot patrolling the streets and handing out parking tickets. The Telebot, as it has been called, has been field-tested and is undergoing final tune up.  A prototype of the police bot is estimated to cost just $20,000.

With a swiveling head and dexterous fingers, the humanoid robot is controlled remotely by a person wearing an Oculus Rift headset and motion-tracking vest, arm bands, and gloves. The voice of the remote operator is transmitted through the robot to the unfortunate citizen on the receiving end.

Of course, the developers of the Telebot claim it is for a good cause-  but, isn’t that the claim of all the ones who want to rule the world?  Monsanto and their claim for GMO’s- “to feed the world“…  I haven’t seen them taking any food to any starving countries lately, have you?  Only vaccines- and let’s talk about the good intent of vaccines…  which come complete with mercury, formaldehyde, and live cancer strands!

The claim is that now disabled vets and police can still carry out their duties on the commanding end of the robot.  (Again, we see so much effort to help our wounded and disabled vets, right?)  And yet, even though the Telebot will be used only for good…  they designed them with a very menacing look.

The menacing look of Telebot is no accident. It has been purposefully designed to intimidate and display a sense of authority.  Jeremy Robins, a U.S. Navy reservist who put up the first $20,000 to fund the project, says “TeleBot must look intimidating enough that citizens obey the commands of a lifeless robot half their weight.”

The Telebot introduces another level of intimidation to the increasingly militarized police state, as far as I’m concerned.  But, don’t worry…  it’s for a good cause.

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