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Don’t Let Police Arm Autonomous or Remote-Controlled Robots and Drones

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Created a post 37 points @DiabloD3 • 2 comments

Don’t Let Police Arm Autonomous or Remote-Controlled Robots and Drones

@tpmx 24 minutes

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The Dallas police did that in 2016:

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/12/us/dallas-police-robot-c4...

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@thepasswordis 19 minutes

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Unfortunately the cake is already in the oven in this. There will almost certainly be major changes to civil liberties coming as a result of the “capital insurrection”.

If you want to fight against police overreach, you kindof have to fight against it even when it comes for your enemies.

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@GartzenDeHaes 19 minutes

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They're about 30 years too late on this one. Police and the FBI have been using EOD robots with shotguns for a long time now and have even killed a few people with them. In a hostage situation or standoff, they'll send in the robot with food or a phone hanging from the arm, which has a Remington semi-automatic shotgun attached to the base. Ruby Ridge is one of the more famous examples.

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@throwawayswede 17 minutes

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We shouldn't allow anyone to do this, not just the police. Although it already happens, and the American military already does this internationally. Drone attacks flourished under Obama's administration basically, look up the incident around 2013 when US military drone fired at a wedding convoy in Yemen and killed 10+ people.

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@robohoe 15 minutes

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If the police can do it, so should private citizens. If not, then neither the police should do it.

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@underseacables 12 minutes

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I’m less worried about the police doing this than I am rogue nation, groups, and individuals. It’s only a matter of time until Hamas launches an armed, low flying, autonomous drone swarm in the heart of Tel Aviv. The book “Kill Decision” by Daniel Suarez convinced me that we have less to fear from government and more to fear from private actors when it comes to lethal drones.

Actually, I’m really surprised it hasn’t happened already given the low cost.

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@pmoriarty 36 minutes

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How often have proposed limits on police power actually been effected (or effective)?

It seems that every year, year after year, and decade after decade police are only ever getting more and more powerful.

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@TheChaplain 32 minutes

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Sorry to be a downer but it will happen if it hasn't already, and the biggest reason is cost savings which is pretty hard to argue against when the budget is up for discussion at the local gov.

Having drones patrol large areas, running plates and face-matching against a warrant database is much quicker and cheaper than having people doing it. They're also cheaper than helicopters to follow fleeing suspects, and a bit harder to detect.

I agree though it's a huge privacy issue here, but when it comes down to money it'll be a tough fight.

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