For some time, I’ve tried to warn my fellow man (and certain special ladies) about the dangers of robots. A while back, it was robo-babysitters. Now, we have a 300-pound, waist-high “Bum Bot” patrolling Atlanta, armed with a water cannon to soak vagrants who refuse to “move along.” The AP reports: “The electronic vigilante, on the beat since September, has enraged neighborhood activists, who have threatened protests. Street people say it’s intimidating. And homeless advocates question the intentions of its inventor, who uses the Bum Bot as a marketing tool and a political prop.” A marketing tool? How long will it be before the Coca-Cola Cop-Bot, the Wachovia Watch-Bot and the Humana Health Thrill-Kill 5000 are running amok nationwide? It will end with an endless army of robots advertising the Fox lineup, extolling us to tune in for Cops and America’s Most Wanted, before they turn on the spray and wash us all away forever.
—Posted by David Gianatasio