Dear Noble Robo-Witness,
On Saturday, May 16, 2020, I watched The Greg Gutfeld Show, on Fox News Network. The show featured a video of a remote-controlled robot dog, produced by Boston Dynamics. (See the figure, below.) It jerkily struts about on four legs, and it currently enforces social distancing at a park in Singapore. First, this creepily-walking metallic “dog” senses the location of a nearby pedestrian in the park. It then plays a recorded message, which reminds the pedestrian about keeping a safe distance from others, because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Even worse, this creepy “dog bot” violates our human privacy by using its camera to record all the people in the park!
Gutfeld talks more about this in a video, featured in the article, Gutfeld on the future is here and it’s robot dogs (https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/greg-gutfeld-future-robot-dogs). Jokingly, Gutfeld wryly informs us that, “If the person doesn’t cooperate, the dog will sink its metallic teeth into the flesh of the pedestrian and rip out a solid pound of thigh muscle, leaving the person to die – – its corpse later devoured by squirrels”! Gutfeld’s concluding remarks, however, I find far too spooky to be funny: “So[,] God bless our future robot overlords, and remember, my metal friends – – it was I, your friend[,] Greg, who chose you over these stupid humans. So[,] kill them all . . . but spare me.”
In the Conversation section at the end of the article, we also find a most unfunny Covid-19-related comment by Trainman54: “On a more serious note, the rapid adoption of A.I.-controlled equipment in industry will rapidly be aided by the virus situation. In agriculture[,] intelligent crop equipment is already here. Less costly versions will do away with the need for migrant labor. In entertainment[,] we are on the cusp of A.I. actors – – even those long dead. They will populate movies and tv. [Thus, there will be] no need for expensive salaries and so on. Pets are a novelty as A.I.[,] but I can see where more realistic devices will obviate the need for taking Fido out for his duties[,] and the best bargain [is] – – no more fleas in the house! If the future is not quite here[,] yet, it is just around the corner. Gutfeld is onto something!!!!!”
THE ROBOT DOG – – A SOCIAL DISTANCER, NOW PATROLLING PARKS IN SINGAPORE!