D.C. Speed Cameras Will Lead to Rise of the Machines, Warns Columnist
Enjoy the revenue, D.C. Council, because soon we'll be doing the cameras' bidding. Washington Times columnist Armstrong Williams—yes, that Armstrong Williams—thinks the traffic cameras present something more than just a hassle: They're about the rise of the machines.
Williams is concerned that the cameras will replace human cops, who sometimes give out warnings instead of traffic tickets. "Why would we, as a society, want a robot to indiscriminately determine our guilt or innocence?" asks Williams.
But Williams' worries extend beyond relatively innocuous speed and red light cameras in Washington. One of these traffic cam-spawned machines will see kids playing cops and robbers and consider them a threat, presumably eliminating them with cool efficiency. "Allowing the proliferation of machines to dole out fines robs us not only of our rights, but a piece of our humanity as well," he warns.
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