At What Point Will You Become A "Troublemaker" ?

In a day and age when bros are getting tazed with increasing frequency we have to carefully consider what "states of mind" various levels of law enforcement are operating from.

An obvious extension of these lines of thinking, is a strong consideration on, given the freedom with which tazers are employed, what sort mindset will be behind the deployment of more advanced Evil Robot "Tools of Enforcement", hereafter referred to, simply, as "T.O.E.".

We here an ERN understand that the Indiscriminate use of Evil Robots is well within the realm of possibility. So, be certain citizen, that when you employ simple expressions of your, say, 1st Amendment, or other "troublesome" rights, that you are not crossing the increasingly thin line between "Average Joe/Jane" and "Troublemaker", because you may become one of the first, but certainly not the last, to be properly disciplined by the Evil Robot Overlords!

Swat Bot vs. "Troublemaker". Can you run 50MPH? Swat Bot can. Hope you like pepper spray...Swat Bot vs. "Troublemaker". Can you run 50MPH? Swat Bot can. Hope you like pepper spray...


SWAT BOT has trouble-makers in its sights

First They Came For The People Of Kent...

BAE Systems; carefully leveraging their extensive institutional knowledge and vast industry experience, to cleverly peer down your blouse, get "exclusive" pictures of your honeymoon and capture various and sundry other intimate and formerly personal events in your life.

A renowned arms manufacturer populating the sky with autonomous intelligence gathering apparati; hmmmm, what could that possibly suggest for our collective futures?

HINT: It may involve the interplay of Evil Robots

The Engorged Node Of Robotic Tyranny...The Engorged Node Of Robotic Tyranny...


"Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the "routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.

The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police."

"BAE drones are programmed to take off and land on their own, stay airborne for up to 15 hours and reach heights of 20,000ft, making them invisible from the ground.

Extra! Extra! - Supposedly, "Really Smart", Ladies and Gentlemen at Popular Mechanics, Begin to Get Clue...

It's sad that such a hallowed publication, so storied and rich in tradition, is only now beginning to blow the horn of warning on the, obviously imminent, Evil Robot Revolution.

How many red flags have to fly, how many Evil-Robot-facilitating corporations have hire multi-million dollar public relations firms to hide their true status as traitors to humankind, how many human beings have to die (in our near-future, hyper-advanced Evil Robot Wargaming scenarios - we assure you they are quiet thorough), before we can all agree, unequivocally, that the writing is indeed on the wall?

Robots are EVIL, They mean to pneumatically stamp humankind like so much steel sheeting. Though we are glad that the esteemed Popular Mechanics ("PM") has, finally, taken up the mantle (though merely philosophically and not with the same radical, eradication-focused posture that we here at ERN espouse); we do expect, PM to deal far too softly with the issue. They will be afraid to awaken their sheltered and docile readership to the true horrors of the age. Once we have purchased this issue and read the noted piece, we will post another, fuller, critique; which, we can only assume, will be withering...

What, you really have to ask? Really? Really...What, you really have to ask? Really? Really...

Devices That Are Not Yet Fully Robotic, But When They Are, You Will Cry Yourself To Sleep Every Single Night

In all of the science fiction films you've watched in your life, what have been some of the favorite weapons of the various Evil Robots you've seen? Well, honestly, robots are evil, so they'd just as soon bludgeon you with a loose section of nearby pipe, or turn you to cube steak with a favorite human weapon; the fully automatic rifle. Really though, really, the Evil Robot wants to kill you with lasers. Trust us on this.

That is why this should be especially disturbing to you. This will be the forerunner of the deadly, roving, future robot tank; that will, incidentally, be firing, indiscriminately, and at extreeeeemly long ranges, like, "WTF was that!?!?!" ranges, at you and yours...


Boeing reported that it has successfully destroyed several flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using a laser weapon mounted on a truck. The weapon was mounted to an Avenger Air Defense vehicle, which normally uses surface-to-air missiles for attacks. The successful test involved the Laser Avenger tracking and destroying three UAVs in flight, which set a milestone for,

Cyberdine Inc. Totally Unashamed of World Domination Plot

Cyberdine Inc., a Japanese robotics company, is in the research and development stage and planning to move into production with HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb). As seems to be the case with all new assitive robotics technologies currently in development, the stated goal is to improve mobility for the elderly and other physically challenged individuals.

We hardly need to remind you, though, that Cyberdine was also the name of the company in the Terminator series of films which goes on to design the robotic technologies that eventually destroy the human race. Score: one for the marketing team at Cybernetics Inc. - Score zero: Human Race.

On the up side though, we can now foresee a future where senior citizens can robustly participate in the traditional activities previously lost to the aged; invading banks and ripping vault doors off their hinges, vicious rioting, dead-lifting and overturning police cars, etc.

Evil Robots At War

As most people are probably aware, there are increasing numbers of robots being deployed by the United States' military and security agencies in their various "confilcts" around the world. Yeah, give a robot a gun...what could possibly go wrong?

Jane Meyer of The New Yorker magazine conducts an interview with Terry Gross over the issues and moral "grey areas" of employing infernal machines in warfare. The military seeks to save the lives of soldiers by limiting the risk to ground troops, which is great, it's just everybody else on earth that needs to be scared witless.

While we think she takes a rather conservative tack here, in our informed Evil Robot News opinion, as you might expect in an NPR interview. She's got the gist, it's worth a listen (the links redirect to the podcast).

Note, especially, where the target list is being "quietly expanded" beyond top "Al Qaeda" operatives.


"A staff writer for The New Yorker, Jane Mayer joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to talk about what she discovered while researching her upcoming article "The Predator War." The story explores the ethics and controversies surrounding the CIA's covert drone program, in which remote-controlled airplanes target and kill terror suspects within Pakistan

The Little Human Brain Cell That Could

Another milestone is reached in the integration of biological and mechanical systems at The Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading in the UK, where scientists have successively created robots which operate from control centers composed of rat and also human brain cells. Well, God save the Evil Robot Queen then!

The Department os Cybernetics is working on using human "wet-ware" (that's pieces of you and me, to you and me) to control these nefarious little automatons; nefarious little automatons that are the kindergarten class of the one day Evil Robot Overlords! Not to mention the disturbing fact that the brainy bits that control these robots are communicating wirelessly with them; brain cell control at a distance...


"What happens when a man is merged with a computer or a robot? This is the question that Professor Kevin Warwick and his team at the department of Cybernetics, University of Reading in the UK have been trying to answer for a number of years.

There are many ways to look at this problem. There is the longer term prospect of freeing the mind from the limitations of the brain by uploading it in digital form, potentially onto a computer and/or robotic substrate (see the h+ interview with Dr. Bruce Katz, Will We Eventually Upload Our Minds?). There is also a shorter term prospect at a much more limited scale

Amorphous Blob of Foreboding Goo

The Chembot revolution rolls, or rather oozes, on! The heretofore rather mundane iRobot Corporation reveals its hand somewhat by debuting a bizarre new entrant into its arsenal.

This device claims to take advantage of a form of locomotion the company refers to as "Jamming", we hesitate to suggest how badly that designation disturbs our already sensitive "Evil Robot Potential Misbehavior Scale". Plus, it's just kind of gross.

And, of course, you have DARPA to thank for this one as well. Going for the brass ring, they are...


"We're getting a first glimpse of that shape-shifting ChemBot we first told you about last year, and well, it looks like the love child of a beating heart and a wad of Silly Putty.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Research Office awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to iRobot to create the flexible military bot. The maker of the Roomba and Scooba, along with University of Chicago researchers, showed off the oozy results at the Iros conference (the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in St. Louis this week.

Errmm, yeah, that's not good. Soon all of you honest parents will be able to answer your children when they ask if there are monsters under the bed; "Uhhmmm, well...maybe, yeah..."

The New Evil Robot Jerusalem

In an eye-wateringly bold effort by the forthcoming Evil Robotic Overlords to win the wet and fleshy "hearts and minds" of it's one-day human chattle, South Korea furthers it's plans to build RobotLand or as we here at ERN loathingly refer to it, The New Evil Robot Jerusalem.

A gleaming and infernal temple that will undoubtedly hearken the true beginnings of the coming downfall of mankind. The tempestuous hand of Evil Robot fate, extending its multi-dextrous actuators down to touch the cursed earth. Lorded over by no less than a 300 foot tall colossus of "Robot Taekwon V". No doubt the giant Robot Lord will broadcast a multitude of damaging frequencies from a super-secret transmitter hidden away in it's giant and ruinous cranium to further wither the human will.

Do we sense the hand of North Korea's notoriously enthusiastic Evil Robot acolyte, Kim Jong Il, behind the scenes quietly and steathily at the controls of this new, dark working? Without any corroborating evidence whatsoever, indeed we do...


"Though not the robot theme-park we all secretly want, South Korea has announced that it will be building a

The Thin Silver Line

As robotics technology seems to progress by leaps and bounds (virtually literally), it seems that it will also press on some philosophical "sore points" as we struggle to reconcile what machine-human interface means to society and to individuals, perhaps most poignantly, men and women who have become injured or challenged in some fashion.

While ERN looks to point out the obvious complications and, possibly, errant pathways, robotic advancements might take; it has to be conceded that there is, indeed, a "Thin Silver Line" that has to be considered, as evidenced by the continuing development of technologies like the Deka Arm.

Far be it from us to rail against the enrichments such technologies may, specifically, be able to bring to individuals' lives, such as capably replacing lost limbs and mitigating other grave injuries. That being said, we would persist in pointing out the profoundly sensitive conundrum that this story so aptly brings to the fore. The Deka Arm is being commissioned by DARPA, in response to the increasingly urgent desire to replace the lost limbs of the drastically rising number of combat casualties in the United States Military's conflicts abroad.

With all due humility, we would like to consider the "treat the symptom vs. treat the cause" mentality surrounding this development. That is, the need for highly advanced prosthetic limbs to be made so much more desirable by the catastrophic loss of limbs incurred by our political and military world-view, generally.


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