After calling for new restrictions on DJI drone sales in the US, Brendan Carr, a senior Republican commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), now wants to ban Spot – the robotic dog developed by Boston Dynamics. His argument? “I’ve seen Terminator, I’ve seen I, Robot. I know how this ends.”
On Wednesday night, presumably after watching the Metalhead episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror, Carr took to Twitter to rant against the robot apocalypse. Carr declared that he was going to propose a new rule that would put a ban on any robotic dog that was “too large to kick over” in case of an emergency.
When people started pointing out that perhaps a high-ranking official could do better than to let science fiction influence policymaking, Carr not only tried to defend his credentials as an avid Hollywood fan, but he also accused a Twitter user of running a “burner account for a robot dog that has gone sentient.”
There also came a…