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Robocops 2: Jury Still Out
Posted By admin On June 5, 2013 @ 2:14 pm In columns,In the Magazine,Kirk Landers | No Comments
A few years ago, I wrote a column for this space ridiculing the use of robotic enforcement of red-light violations  after getting burned by one myself.
The point I raised was that the technology was being employed to create revenues, that the intersection where I was ticketed was not a problem intersection, and that Western Civilization as we know it may not survive this affront to all that is fair and just.
This audience of road professionals responded with a predictable lack of empathy. However, being dedicated to defending truth, justice and the American way, I’ve continued my personal research into this matter ever since. Here are some poignant items from my highly biased Robotic Traffic Cops scrapbook.
My band of experience with traffic robots is narrow and personal, just like every other citizen’s, and it is mixed. I can see the discipline it imposes on motorists and I can see the importance of that discipline. But I can also see the potential for abuse, not just in financial corruption but especially in a sort of Big Brother loss of humanity in how we govern and tax ourselves.
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