San Francisco is the land of hippies, peace, and love—and social justice for all. And also killer robots.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted in November to accept the plan for a police department that would use robots to disarm and/or eliminate violent criminals in extreme situations. Police departments across the nation are already using robots for tasks such as disarming explosives or searching for suspicious packages. This particular idea would have allowed robots to hunt down, arrest, and even terminate suspects.
It may seem an odd choice from the city that has decided to change the names of more than forty schools bearing Founding Fathers' monikers in the name of anti-racism. It is true that San Francisco is so pacifist that it has stripped resources from its police forces, permits open-air drug markets instead of enforcing laws against taking drugs, and won't permit police or city employees to pick up garbage or take down tents left behind by homeless individuals almost everywhere because the city considers these private property. The hippies and their descendants from the bayside ought to be the last group around the globe who choose to employ killer robots to control their population of criminals.
However, progressives, especially those of the San Francisco kind, are extremely adept in two areas: projection and hypocrisy. They're not very good at analyzing the spaces they're in.
The “defund the police” movement is founded on the Marxist belief that police are the issue and not the solution and that reducing contacts between officers and citizens is a way of reducing the brutality of police. It has resulted in a simple plan to decrease the police force, which has led to an overwhelming increase in crime, murder, and general chaos in the city that was once one of the best cities around the globe. Although a killer robot program might appear insane at first glance, it's not difficult to see why police departments came up with the concept. They're short on manpower and awash in crime.
It's harder to understand why the ultra-conservative Board of Supervisors would approve the concept. They may also be in a state of panic over their own crime problem and realize they can’t tackle it with rational means since logic can’t comprehend what has become the Democratic platform. Most likely, they did not want to be perceived as the “law and order” Republican right. Therefore, if they couldn't recruit more human police officers to protect the streets, their next move was to let robots take over.
The program immediately faced criticism when it strayed from city limits. The national media took notice of the plan, and it was immediately roasted. The Board of Supervisors was roundly attacked and mocked for the plan’s absurdity. The peaceniks were sending out killer robots to handle residents that were considered threats. Didn't they already decide that the police generally aren't able to determine who's a threat because of their personal biases? Do they believe that such errors are less likely just because it's a robot using a gun, super-galactic laser beams, or whatever weapon it is using?
It took only a week of public shame for San Francisco to announce they'd put the program on hold to allow for further evaluation. In a hilarious display of ignorance, a board member said they're planning to continue to engage in the same kind of insanity that has led crime throughout the northern Californian city to rise dramatically.
“The people of San Francisco have spoken loud and clear: There is no place for killer police robots in our city,” Supervisor Dean Preston said in a prepared statement following the vote. “We should be working on ways to decrease the use of force by local law enforcement, not giving them new tools to kill people.”
Could the use of force by police officers be decreased by reducing the number of criminals they have to deal with and the likelihood of lethal, brutal force being used?
The plan isn't dead, however; it has been resubmitted to the committee for further consideration. In California, no bad idea ever dies; it goes for a nap and then returns under a different name.
Be on the lookout for a dystopian world in which Skynet not only becomes aware but also creates a union.