Apparently human discretion is obsolete when it comes to police work. A company based out of Mountain View, CA has just rolled out real life Robocops that are already patrolling the streets, listening to and recording conversations, monitoring traffic, searching for suspicious activity, and looking for parking violations.
The Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine, which looks more like a 5 foot tall R2D2, is at this point still controlled by a police officer in a remote location. However, this is Knightscope’s first generation model and given enough time, the robot will have exponentially more autonomy.
Robots Don’t Have Consciences
Police are the foot soldiers of plutocracy where the power and wealth is in the hands of the few privileged elite. The fact that Robocops are being deployed highlights the fact that police are expendable, imperfect pawns of the system. The fact that 8,863 people are killed annually in the US by police is more proof that they relentlessly wage war on the public.
The ruling class is phasing out human police to displace them with more servile automatons so that as the orders of command become increasingly more inhumane, the robot will follow its programmed orders whereas a human might resist authority. Robots are more obedient than humans and will be more likely to enforce unjust laws during times of martial law. Robots don’t question authority.
Whether We the People consent to these K5 Robocops or not, they will be implemented in police forces all across the world.
We Don’t Need Police, We Need Community
The unpopular truth is that police officers are entirely unnecessary. Everything that a police officer is supposed to do, from the mundane to the extremely dangerous, is the poor substitution for community.
Whether it is an elderly woman who needs a can of soup off the top shelf or a child in an abusive domestic situation, it is the role of family, friends, neighbors, and other members of the community to be there to help. We should engage in each other’s lives more. Start by introducing yourself to your next door neighbors. Say hello to acquaintances on the street. Put down the video game for an hour and have dinner with your family. Resurrect community wherever you live.
The community should “protect and serve.” The community should act as police, Child Protective Services, judge and jury, FBI, you name it. The trouble is that in the age of modernity we have all isolated ourselves into our own plastic bubbles and turned our backs on the tribe.
Law Enforcement is the ghost that has arisen from the grave of Community.