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Only the most oblivious of Americans still believe that implanting a device in your home from Google or Amazon is an acceptable idea, and for rather mundane reasons it seems.

We’ve all seen the memes about the personal home assistants in which the doting young mother or father addresses the device as “Hey, Wiretap” before completing a command.  From the moment we invited microphones into our homes we knew what we were getting ourselves into.

Worse yet, these microphones are programmed to watch us, and transmit data back to the mothership about how, when, why, and where we spend our money.  That way, the men who’ve created these devices can either use that data to subconsciously infiltrate our wallets, or they can sell that behavioral data to the advertising agencies who gush over it.

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In either case, those devices are not there for the simple “good of the world” or naive convenience.  They are there to make Google and Amazon money.

Google, as we’ve discussed previously, has been on quite the political kick lately, suffocating conservative opinions from the search results of the internet – something that the monopolizing corporation seems to be the gatekeeper of at this point.  (When was the last time you used “Bing”?).

So, as any good roboticist would do when faced with the moral dilemma of watching Google attempt to stifle American opinions while simultaneously working to repeal the Second Amendment would do, Alexander Reben made his Google Home device shoot stuff.

Artist and robotics wonk Alexander Reben asked his virtual assistant to zap an apple with a BB air pistol, which it does without hesitation because that’s what the AI does.

“OK, Google, activate gun,” says Reben, to which the virtual assistant answers, “Sure, turning on the gun.”

A buzzer goes off, the trigger is actuated, and the apple falls, pierced by some low-power .177 lead. A tiny bit spooky, sure, but nothing really dangerous unless your name is Ralphie and you are clad in a bunny suit. But that’s not really the point.

Reben, who has cautioned on Asimov’s first law of robotics in the past, told Engadget, “Part of the message for me includes the unintended consequences of technology and the futility of considering every use case” i.e. Google may have never thought their software agent could evolve into a potentially lethal agent.

Still, any mechanism…

And, since it would be just cruel to not link you to the video…

Now, liberals, tell me one thing:  Was this the gun’s fault or not?  No, you can’t check Google for the answer.

 

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