Remember when we said that masks were about government control?
We were called crazy conspiracy theorists.
People said that the government was only pushing masks for people’s safety, not to increase the size and scope of government.
Well, it looks like we were right… again.
A 7 foot tall robot has been released at the Dallas airport.
To identify and catch travelers without their masks on.
But that’s not all: this robot has the capability to contact law enforcement immediately to report suspected “potential crimes.”
I don’t know about you, but doesn’t this sound a little… you know, big brother-ish?
Watch disturbing footage of this 7 foot robot in action:
Big Brother Is Watching You🏻
7-foot robot at #Dallas Love Field Airport is watching you. Watching for unmasked passengers. If you are unmasked, it will immediately notify law enforcement of potential crimes. pic.twitter.com/ftoJApAbae
— Navy⚓Brat (@_NavyBrat) April 9, 2022
A 7-foot-tall ROBOT
at Dallas Love Field
is watching for
and curbside loiterers
. https://t.co/NMiWGknoF4 pic.twitter.com/xbZBO5ivvL
— Annie Lotto (@Non_MSM_News) April 9, 2022
It looks like the rise of robots and government overreach are not a coincidence.
Fortune Magazine has more details on this robocop:
The rise of the robots is becoming a very real thing.
Dallas Love Field has begun testing robotic assistant devices to ensure that passengers at the nation’s fourth-busiest airport are complying with airport rules—and warn them if they’re not.
The Security Control Observation Towers (SCOT for short) are located near baggage claim and near security checkpoints at the airport. They are able to determine whether a passenger is wearing a face mask, which is still mandated in all airports throughout the country.
If they’re not, SCOT might issue a verbal warning, which could escalate in volume and severity if the infraction is not corrected. The system can also call on-site security or the police if necessary.
Love Field is one of two airports in the country testing the seven-foot-tall SCOT kiosks. (The other was not named, but the SCOT kiosk reportedly watches the parking garages to prevent break-ins.) Airports are able to set the rules for each unit.
At present, Love Field is simply testing the towers, and it’s not certain whether they will become permanent fixtures.
Airports aren’t the only business relying on robocops these days. A robotic security guard named ROAMEO (Rugged Observation Assistance Mobile Electronic Officer) made its debut at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington three months ago. Another began patrolling Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, in February. But the company behind the technology is especially focused on Orlando, home of Universal Studios and Walt Disney World.
So… can you guess what the robot’s name is?
Its name is Karen.
We’re not joking.
Now, I don’t know if it’s coincidence or if it was on purpose, but apparently the robot’s creators don’t see the irony in naming the “mask robocop” Karen.
“A 7-foot-tall robot at Dallas Love Field is watching for unmasked travelers and curbside loiterers. Named KAREN it can be programmed to repeat warnings until compliance is achieved” https://t.co/ZLWFjjFGiG
— Brian Roemmele (@BrianRoemmele) April 8, 2022
A 7-foot-tall robot at #Dallas Love Field is watching for unmasked travelers & curbside loiterers. https://t.co/7lvxENSBIv@kylelarnold reports.
And in an unrelated, but related gif: #squidgame pic.twitter.com/Gzca2PdPaD
— 🚶🏻Curtis S. Chin (@CurtisSChin) April 9, 2022
Dallas is the nation’s 4th busiest airport.
If the robot is “successful” there, don’t be surprised if similar Karens begin showing up at other airports across the country.
Like any industry, if one major player adapts a new technology, other players in the industry follow in its footsteps.
If Karen is not stopped now, then don’t be surprised if other airports start getting their own mask robocops.
Per the Miami Standard:
A pair 7-foot-tall robot towers have been installed at the Dallas Love Field airport in Texas, and their goal is to monitor travelers for face mask violations and report their findings to airport security.
The new robots – called Security Control Observation Towers, or SCOT for short – will make sure that passengers are wearing their face masks properly and “not parking too long at the curb” to pick up travelers, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Some expressed skepticism about surveillance technology being utilized against unwitting Americans simply trying to catch a plane.
Adam Schwartz, a digital privacy rights attorney who spoke to the Dallas Morning News, said it was “concerning” to see an airport install “a new system of artificial intelligence.” He warned that it “raises a lot of questions” about the technology’s purpose.
Apparently, airports view the robots as a solution to the ongoing labor crisis in the United States that has large businesses with stringent COVID rules struggling to find new employees.
“This has more of a full-circle purpose to be a regular, physical deterrent,” said Steve Reinharz, the CEO of the company behind the robots. “That’s the direction the industry has to go because we have some significant labor issues.”
So what do you think about these robots?
Do you support them?
Is the government simply trying to keep the public safe?
Or are you worried about the potential power grab and government overreach?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!