posted on Aug, 27 2015 @ 04:55 AM
a reply to: infolurker
Drones and military/police robots will be used increasingly over real soldiers/officers. They can kill people in foreign countries and the American
media barely reacts. Killing people, whether by armed soldiers or drones sent out, is still killing people, but the general public has a distanced
view of it. Look at all the cop beatings, and shootings. What if that was done by police drones or robots? There would be an emotional distance
because such machines do not have faces, badges or accountability. Someone is behind it, or is in some way responsible, but people aren't sure who and
so it lacks the same sense of reality. We've seen such technology in so many science fiction films over the years and I think that also adds to how
people see drone/robot strikes as unreal (as if it's only partially happening.)
After all, if a bank cash machine isn't working you don't get mad at the machine, just annoyed in general. If a teller for some reason isn't assisting
you, you may get mad because there is a face and a personality there. Computers and hardware are not viewed in the same way psychologically as human
wrongdoers, thus actions carried out by them are not psychologically perceived as wrongdoing in the same way. This disconnect makes military and
police crimes easier to get away with.
Somehow, people need to get that the intent and the actions behind such choices carries great weight to it. News reports about such things should put
a face to it; be it the politician who pushed for it or what official asked for it. We should also see the bodies, the voices of the victims'
families. The current dehumanization of war and State-sanctioned murder needs to be humanized. People need to see (FEEL) the human connection, the
reality of these decisions. And tough questions should be put to those responsible.
I've heard pro-gun advocates argue: "Guns don't kill, people do." This is indeed how we perceive it (right or wrong.) We need to see the
behind the machines.