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Everyone knows about the current rise of the killer robots, metal assassins able to crush puny meatsacks as easily as one might despatch a troublesome fly. But now there is a new development - robots which seek to negotiate with troublesome fleshies rather than mowing them down like so much grass. The news comes courtesy of the …

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I'm amazed!

At last a story that shows how technology can improve law enforcement and save lives.

Still; it might have been a better story if they'd used this 'droid:

http://defensenews.com/blogs/modern-day-marine/2009/09/you-have-thirty-seconds-to-comply/

You have thirty seconds to comply!

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ED209 lives!

You have twenty seconds to comply.

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Terminator

Someone has to say it!

Resistance is futile!

There, I feel better now...

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Not so much ED209

As Johnny Five. No laser here, just an umbrella and a bunch of daisies.

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Nice

I want one. Tho i would prefer an ED209.

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I, for one,

welcome our new diplomatic robot overlords.

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ED209

ED209 shows how the next season of 'The Apprentice' should work.

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Negotiate by hurling a phone through a window

WTF was Gordon Brown doing there?

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How long?

".... tense nine-hour armed standoff...."

"<Whiiirrrrr, Ka-chunk> YOU HAVE NINE HOURS TO COMPLY" just doesn't have that ring to it somehow.

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"robot negotiator" vs "toy car with walkie-talkie"

Which sounds better? "Robot negotiator" or "toy car with walkie-talkie"?

We all know that there is no artificial intelligence tech that would allow an actual, independent negotiation with a delusional human. The cops sent in a beefed-up toy with a walkie-talkie, available for many tens of thousands of dollars.

Our "robot masters" are going to be puppeted, and I'm going to put Deep Heat in the Wizard's jock straps.

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Why go this far?

The original report was that the guy was holding hostages. When police found out that he wasn't holding any, why stay? What crime did he commit? Not wanting to leave the house or talk with officers?

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ED 209 sans guns?

Because everyone knows what happened with that...

"YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY"

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"I AM NOW AUTHORIZED TO USE LETHAL FORCE" ... "Oh ****, no guns!"

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When you want to play it safe...

...send through a MALP!

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