Well it was bound to happen sooner or later: a maker of robots has now developed a prototype for a "sentry robot" designed to use "predictive analytics" to judge when an attack is about to happen, and prevent it (and my thanks to Mr. G.B. for sharing this article):

The dawn of a REAL Robocop? Machines armed with thermal imaging, radar and cameras that its designers say could help prevent another Sandy Hook

We are, as the article avers, talking about "Robocop," minus the human component of the movie. Of course, the article reassures us that there's no gun in this robot (just a laser for "ranging"). However, one can easily imagine a gun, taser, or laser (or all three for that matter) being added. There's nothing to prevent it.

What disturbs me here is the "predictive analytics" part of the article, about which almost nothing is said.

But we can guess: these would be similar to the types of analytical algorithms developed by the various stock and commodities markets over the past two decades that are at the core of the high frequency trading phenomenon, and, as I have been arguing, are the real heart and core of the NSA's vast electronic spying empire. It's one thing, after all, to collect all that data, but quite another as to how one crunches it once one has it, and for that, I suspect that this predictive analytics is the real heart of the story, and have said as much here: the NSA's spying is about markets and finances as much, if not more, than it is about terrorism. And since it is about markets and finances, it is about predictive analysis of groups.

However, that said, it is also about security, and here, I suggest, we are looking at the other side of the equation: robots connected to the vast network of electronic surveillance, robots designed to patrol, monitor, and eventually, enforce.

We already get a glimpse at how all this will be sold; it will come like the cameras on every stoplight, as a means for governments to effectively and cheaply monitor and patrol installations and institutions, like schools. Children will once again be the heart-tugging leverage used to sell a bad idea to good people, and a few more "demonstrations" might be staged just to make the point. "If only such and such had had a few robocops on duty" this whole tragedy could have been prevented." Forget about gun confiscation memes after such events folks, the new meme will be "we need robocops."

And of course, then will come the next meme, as robocops are hacked by this or that group, which will provoke calls for greater internet security and controlled access...

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. LSM on December 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I still tend to believe that the minute a new technology is announced by either MSM or alternative sources or even finaly introduced to the General public (if my read sources are correct the bar code including the laser that reads it was invented in the mid ’50s) it’s already been there for at least 40/50 yrs.

    • Robert Barricklow on December 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Laser Weapon:
      The Q-36 ILLUDIUM Explosive Space Modular or
      The Q-35 Matter Modulator or
      The PU-36 Space Modulator

  2. marcos toledo on December 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    In deed Daleks is what came to my mind too Cassandane. All that was missing the disintegrator on it’s swiveling rounded top. The elites must really be scared when they throw the rest of us out in the streets with nothing to die and you know what the Daleks motto was exterminate. By the way there is a article today on by Elizabeth Renter titled Transgene Escape GMO Spreading Uncontrollably Around the World as you end you post JPF see you on the flip side.

    • Cassandane on December 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks for the link, Marcus. Looks like the ecosystem as it was is a goner. Recently, I’ve begun to wonder if this is the first time this has been tried with all species – or just the latest.

    • Robert Barricklow on December 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks for posting this Marcos.
      William Engdahl’s Seeds of Destruction drew attention to this “signature” of GMO transgenic crops. In fact a small farmer in Canada was sued by Monsanto for having “acquired” the GMOs on his natural farm land. He lost not only the court case but the farm. Welcome to the WTO; soon to be TPP * TAFTA monstrousity.

      I googled Renter’s article & it is spreading around the globe. Finally, real science is getting ink, being spashed all over hell.

  3. Robert Barricklow on December 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Killer Robots/Killer Apps.

    IF “they” want to stop more “Sandy Hoohs'”,
    then the Killer Robots,
    will have to turn their lasers 180 degrees,
    on those programming
    real/faux Sandy Hook Psych Ops.

  4. Frankie Calcutta on December 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I am currently working with my local school district to get robotics into the curriculum under the guise of job training for the future. My ulterior motive is to get kids the training which might help them one day to disarm robots… or commandeer the robots and turn them on BIg Brother.

    • terminally skeptical on December 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Commendable mission. You might also want to work into the mix it’s gender counterpart, a seductress, donning a skirt/dress wafting a heavy bouquet of machine oil and then hope like hell that opposites still attract.

  5. patentable on December 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Automatic shooting mechanism and robot having the same
    US Patent No. 7866247

    An automatic shooting mechanism capable of remote switching and unmanned switching between a safety mode and a shooting mode, and remote shooting and unmanned shooting. Also provided is a sentry robot employing the automatic shooting mechanism and capable of performing wide and narrow monitoring and sentry duties in short and long ranges, and automatically shooting at a target.

  6. Cassandane on December 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Yeah, because no kid ever plays cops ‘n’ robbers, or goes off by him- or herself to their secret place just to be alone. One guess what will this robot make of behavior like that!

    This thing looks more like a Dalek than Robocop to me, and Daleks were never ones to ask questions first or listen to reason.

    I detest this whole culture that hobbles everyone in the name of safety. It’s killing us little by little. What’s wrong with simply being careful, vigilant, mindful, with teaching your children to look both ways after they get off the bus and before they cross the road? Why do we have to enact idiot laws that simply make everyday things difficult? I don’t feel safer for the annoying things done to legislate my – and everyone else’s – safety, I feel disempowered. Surely I’m not alone in this. Where are the other people who don’t want their teenaged daughter felt up just because she’s getting on an airplane? Where are the parents who don’t think their kids’ school has a right to bus them somewhere their parents don’t know about – and to confiscate the kids’ cell phones so they can’t notify their parents?

    The West Coast is hampered by this “safety” culture. People tremble in their boots at the thought of meeting life head-on and taking care of themselves…and this from the descendants of pioneers who crossed the continent into the great unknown!

  7. QuietRiot on December 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

    and with google purchasing Boston Dynamics, the circle is complete. here you have, one of the largest collections of data and relationships on the planet, and the world’s leading robotics manufacturer. Fill in the blanks yourself.

  8. kchuray on December 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

    The noose tightens.

  9. DanaThomas on December 18, 2013 at 6:00 am

    It would be interesting if the promoters and designers of these systems installed them in their own homes, so that they could personally experience this “wonderful” technology…

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