Have you ever read Fahrenheit 451 by the godfather of science fiction, Ray Bradbury?
It’s an amazing story—and for those of us paying attention to what’s going on in our society these days, it seems to hit a little close to home.
In the story, Guy Montag, the protagonist, works as a “fireman” tasked with burning books and anything else that elicits emotion or independent thought. Eventually, he sees the madness for what it is and turns on the system, kicking off the book’s central conflict.
One of the most interesting and downright frightening parts of the world of Fahrenheit 451 was the “mechanical hound” used for government control.
These robotic watchdogs were tasked with chasing down criminals and, in some cases, executing them with lethal injections.
Just look at how Bradbury described these terrifying machines in his book:
“The mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the fire house. The dim light of one in the morning, the moonlight from the open sky framed through the great window, touched here and there on the brass and copper and the steel of the faintly trembling beast. Light flickered on bits of ruby glass and on sensitive capillary hairs in the nylon-brushed nostrils of the creature that quivered gently, its eight legs spidered under it on rubber-padded paws.
Nights when things got dull, which was every night, the men slid down the brass poles, and set the ticking combinations of the olfactory system of the hound and let loose rats in the fire house areaway. Three seconds later the game was done, the rat caught half across the areaway, gripped in gentle paws while a four-inch hollow steel needle plunged down from the proboscis of the hound to inject massive jolts of morphine or procaine.”
Terrifying, right? But at least these creatures were confined to the pages of fiction…until now.
At this moment, we’re living in a future similar to the one imagined by Ray Bradbury, because right now we have robotic dogs patrolling the streets in some of our major cities.
Digidog, a four-legged robot designed by Boston Dynamics (the leader in domestic robotics) and powered with intuitive artificial intelligence officially became a member of the NYPD last year.
Digidog On Patrol!
This robot was designed for emergency situations that could be deemed too dangerous for human officers, and it has been a welcomed member of New York’s finest.
The unique (and some say eerie) robot, which weighs approximately 70 pounds, walks similarly to any canine you’ve ever seen…except this one comes equipped with lights, two-way communication, and video cameras that are tied into the police headquarters, allowing for any distressed citizen to easily talk to an officer if needed.
Here it is in action:
The cameras can search an area, send back real-time footage, and allow officers to relay commands or give advice if needed.
Digidog’s AI allows it to navigate on its own, while also giving it the ability to climb stairs, see in the dark, and run at about three-and-a-half miles an hour.
The robot’s capabilities were recently tested by the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit when they deployed it to a home invasion and barricade situation, and it seemed to be a success. Digidog helped officers determine that the armed suspects were no longer inside the home.
Oh, but it’s not all good news, because apparently, the robotic puppy is also racist…at least, according to the smartest Dem in DC: the one and only Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
AOC: Robot Dogs Are RACIST
Of course, if something exists in AOC’s world, it will be called racist at some point, and so the Democratic mouthpiece has denounced Digidog in a scathing review. She also subtly accused the NYPD of racism in the process because they deployed the robot in low-income communities of color.
In a series of tweets, AOC said to nobody in particular, “Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead. Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools.”
Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead.
Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools 👍🏽 https://t.co/ZqKtnexctb
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2021
But she wasn’t done there…
She went on to say that the money could have been better well spent in education.
“Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this?”
Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2021
Wasn’t this lady one of the loudest voices advocating for a less armed police force?
Wasn’t she just all up in arms about police brutality and unfair treatment of people of color (while ignoring the actual statistics that prove that this isn’t true)?
An unarmed robotic dog would seem like an incredible replacement for armed police officers, wouldn’t you think?
This is why we keep saying it…
The Right can’t win!
No matter what they do, unless they kowtow to the Left’s every demand, the attacks will never stop.
But I’m fine with the Left being miserable.
I say welcome to the force, Digidog!
May your service save countless lives!
“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” – Ray Bradbury