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Why Is Technology Important in Business?

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In the modern day, it is impossible to avoid technology when we talk about business. It is impossible to say if the business world has led to the development of technology or vice versa. The truth is that business and technology co-exist and each of them is important for the existence of the other. However, it is important to acknowledge the contribution that technology has made in the modern way of doing business like the green country marketing association. Technology has completely changed the way business is done today. Here are reasons why technology is important in business.

Importance of technology in business

Better communication

Technology has completely changed the ewrwerewrwerway business is done today. It becomes easy to communicate with customers and keep in touch with suppliers. Building good communication is important for business growth. Using technology, all you need to communicate to your customers is the use of email, and the message is delivered instantly. Social media has also made it easy to interact with your customers and answer all their questions. The use of email and social media is the best way to communicate with customers.

Bringing efficiency in business

Technology has helped in bringing efficiency in the way business is done. With many business transactions now being done online, it is possible to track the way business is done. For instance, it is now possible to track the location of your goods when buying goods online from suppliers. It is now possible to monitor the stock of your goods and knows when to order your goods.

New way of doing business

The way business is done today very different from the way business was done a decade ago. Today it is possible to buy everything online because of the development of e-commerce store. You don’t have to make a physical visit to the store to get whatever you want. With an e-commerce store, you can buy everything you want, and it is delivered to your doorstep.

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Security in business

Security in business is something that was a big challenge in the past. It was impossible to keep the business confidential information secure because of lack of capacity. The growth of technology has made it possible to keep business information secure. Today we have the use of encryption that makes it impossible to assess confidential data from the company backups and servers.

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Black mirror

I hate it.
I hate that we’re a generation
that’s caught up with our devices.
Eyes on the screen,
incase you miss out.
Keep scrolling,
incase you miss out.
Keep tagging,
incase you miss out.
Keep tweeting,
incase you miss out.
Keep posting,
incase you miss out.
Yet,
here I am.
In front of a laptop.
Making sure I don’t miss out–
about writing about missing out.

-Marie Lozada

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What is GPS and how technology evolve in GPS?

Hi friends today we will discuss about what is GPS and how technology evolve in GPS.

“GPS not only played a large and delocalizing role in the war in Kosovo but is increasingly playing a role in social life.”

– Paul Virilio

GPS is common word using in every person life in our daily use by navigating to going hotels,shoping malls,tourist places and also we navigate friends to our location. But we don’t no what is GPS and how it’s work don’t worry friend’s in this topic I will give brief explanation.

The GPS (Global positioning system) is a satellite-based navigation system consisting of a network of 24 orbiting satellites that are eleven thousand nautical miles in space and in six different orbital paths. The satellites are constantly moving, making two complete orbits around the Earth in just under 24 hours. If you do the math, that’s about 2.6 kilometers per second. That’s really moving!


The GPS satellites are referred to as NAVSTAR (NAVigation System with Time And Ranging Global Positioning System) satellites. Of course, no GPS introduction would be complete without learning the really neat stuff about the satellites too! The first GPS satellite was launched way back in February, 1978.
Each satellite weighs approximately 1 tonne and is about 5 metres across with the solar panels extended. Transmitter power is only 50 watts, or less!
Each satellite transmits on three frequencies. Civilian GPS uses the ‘L1’ frequency of 1575.42 MHz.
Each satellite is expected to last approximately 10 years. Replacements are constantly being built and launched into orbit. The satellite orbits are roughly 25,000 kilometers from the earth’s centre, or 20,000 kms above the earth’s surface.
The orbital paths of these satellites take them between roughly 60 degrees North and 60 degrees South latitudes. What this means is you can receive satellite signals anywhere in the world, at any time. As you move closer to the poles (on your next North Pole or Antarctic expedition!), you will still pick up the GPS satellites. They just won’t be directly overhead anymore. This may affect the satellite geometry and accuracy but only slightly.
One of the biggest benefits over previous land-based navigation systems is GPS works in all weather conditions. No matter what your application is, when you need it the most, when you’re most likely to get lost, your GPS receiver will keep right on working, showing right where you are!

How did the technology evolve? You know from your history books that Mr Marconi figured greatly in the understanding of the electro-magnetic energy we know as radio. This technology was applied during the 1920’s by the establishment of radio stations, for which you needed a receiver. The same applies for GPS- you only need a rather special radio receiver. Significant advances in radio were bolstered by large sums of money during and after the Second World War (for eavesdroppping and communications necessities), and were even more advanced by the need for communications with early satellites and rockets, and general space exploration. The technology to receive radio signals in a small hand-held, from 20,000kms away, is indeed amazing.
So what information does a GPS satellite transmit? The GPS signal contains a ‘pseudo-random code’, ephemeris (pronounced: ee-fem-er-iss) and almanac data. The pseudo-random code identifies which satellite is transmitting – in other words, an I.D. code. Ephemeris data is constantly transmitted by each satellite and contains important information such as status of the satellite (healthy or unhealthy), current date, and time. Without this part of the message, your GPS receiver would have no idea what the current time and date are. This part of the signal is essential to determining a position, as we’ll see in a moment.
The almanac data tells the GPS receiver where each GPS satellite should be at any time throughout the day. Each satellite transmits almanac data showing the orbital information for that satellite and for every other satellite in the system.
By now the overall picture of how GPS works should be getting much clearer. (Clear as mud, right?) Each satellite transmits a message which essentially says, “I’m satellite #X, my position is currently Y, and this message was sent at time Z.” Of course, this is a gross oversimplification, but you get the idea. Your GPS receiver reads the message and saves the ephemeris and almanac data for continual use. This information can also be used to set (or correct) the clock within the GPS receiver.
Now, to determine your position the GPS receiver compares the time a signal was transmitted by a satellite with the time it was received by the GPS receiver. The time difference tells the GPS receiver how far away that particular satellite is. If we add distance measurements from a few more satellites, we can triangulate our position. This is exactly what a GPS receiver does. With a minimum of three satellites, your GPS receiver can determine a latitude/longitude position – what’s called a 2D position fix. With four or more satellites, a GPS receiver can determine a 3D position which includes latitude, longitude, and altitude. By continuously updating your position, a GPS receiver can also accurately provide speed and direction of travel (referred to as ‘ground speed’ and ‘ground track’).
Accuracy is a relative term of course. If you want to locate a fishing spot, 10 metres is probably fine. But if you want to determine a survey boundary peg, we might need 2 cms. 10 metres, as it happens is fairly typical of current GPS accuracy (since 1 May 2000). The first source of position error used to be Selective Availability (or SA), but as of 1 May 2000, this was deliberately cancelled. SA created inaccuracies up to 100 metres in an intentionally-imposed degradation on the accuracy of civilian GPS by the U.S. Department of Defense. The rationale behind SA was to deny hostile military or terrorist organizations the maximum accuracy benefits of GPS. Now that SA is gone, we can look forward to more productive and safer use of GPS.
Other factors will effect accuracy, but may become significant only when looking for accuracies better than 10-15 metres. These factors are satellite geometry (relative positions of each satellite in the sky, units expressed as DOP), multi-pathing (where satellite reception is blocked or reflected by buildings etc), and propagation delay due to atmospheric effects. There will also be internal clock errors. These latter errors will normally have no significance for 10-15 metre users.
I hope u got the right information about GPS.

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Technology makes people like a idiots

Hello reader!

I fear the day that technology

Will surpass our human interaction

The world will have a generation of idiots.

— Albert Einstein

Yes Albert Einstein was right, the technology makes people busy with their own works.

We did not have time to talk with real people just simply we are sharing our feelings, as status in social networks.

What did you say guys??

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Best Quotes About Technology

These technology quotes very well define our polarized attitudes: we either love or hate technology.

Technology has two faces. We all feel it, but sometimes can’t find words to describe it. Ebooks are the best example to show the 0-1 nature of emotions the technology evokes.

On one side, there is a beautiful, calming world of printed books and reading. Free from electronic-based impatience, distractions, and failures.

Keeping calm and quiet is not necessarily pushing the world forward. And here comes the opposite attitude. Technology brings the excitement, helps look into the future, and make us brave enough to try to shape it.

Cory Doctorow said once “This is why I loved technology: if you used it right, it could give you power and privacy.”

The whole idea is not about the choice between using or not using technology. The challenge is to use it right.

Some of the quotes are visualized to let you easier share them in social networks. A bit of reflection on how deeply we depend on technology is good for anyone, especially the one who spends too much time in social media networks.

Technology quotes – recommended sites

A poster with a smart tech quote would be a timely reminder in every office. Getting a quote on a wall is not a big deal. There are many sites that offer high-quality quote designs, not only on posters but also dozens of other items.

Etsy – it’s the top destination for anyone who is looking for original, hand-crafted goods. You can find here thousands of quotes – on posters, jewelry, personal items, electronic accessories, and clothes.

Redbubble – a marketplace for custom-designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Opposite to other sites, such as CafePress, the quality of artwork is very high.

Zazzle – the site offers a huge variety of merchandise, from clothing, to home decor, to personal accessories. What’s more, users can upload their own image and create their own design.

Amazon Handmade – if you don’t want to sign up to other online stores, you can start exploring Amazon’s own section with hand-crafted items. It’s quickly growing, and you’ll find here posters, home decor, and stationery.

Best Technology Quotes

The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.

–Northrop Frye

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.

–Thomas Edison

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

–Albert Einstein

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

–Elbert Hubbard

Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet.

–Douglas Adams

All this modern technology just makes people try to do everything at once.

–Bill Watterson

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.

–Douglas Adams

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

–R. Buckminster Fuller

Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.

–Jasper Fforde

This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature.

–Don DeLillo

Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.

–Harold Abelson

Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.

–Laurie Anderson

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.

–Mitchell Kapor

Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.

–Carrie Snow

All of our technology is completely unnecessary to a happy life.

–Tom Hodgkinson

This is why I loved technology: if you used it right, it could give you power and privacy

–Cory Doctorow

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Indian king used Rolls-Royce for Garbage collection

This was a real story, the maharaja “Jai singh Prabhakar” (1892-1937) king of Alwar(Rajasthan), India

In 1920 he visit to London, one day he walking in bond Street in casual appearance, at that time he saw Rolls-Royce car showroom on road he went into showroom, executives saw maharaja as normal clothes and Indian, they think he was a poor man, Raja asked specifications of car and test drive, they didn’t gave any reply to maharaja and treated very badly,maharaja came out from showroom and went to hotel he told to servents that inform to Rolls-Royce showroom the maharaja “Jai Singh Prabhakar” was coming for official visit, Then maharaja wear kings clothes with full of gold ornaments, went to showroom, their executives welcome with a red carpet Raja asked specifications for all cars and he also did test drive all cars, maharaja buyed all 6 Rolls-Royce cars he paid net payment with delivery charges and asked delivery to India, and left out from showroom.

And he went back to india,when he get cars by delivery maharaja told to municipality use these new 6 Rolls-Royce cars for sweeping streets and garbage collection

news was spread throughout world, In 1920 Rolls-Royce company was in n.o 1 position in market but rapidly down by customers because top branded car using for garbage collection in India.

One day maharaja got a telegram from Rolls-Royce showroom in London. Car executives requested to maharaja we felt bad please don’t use cars for sweeping and garbage collection sorry for insulting, instead of we sent more 6 Rolls-Royce cars for free. Then maharaja accepted apologize and stop sweeping by using cars.

It was really good revenge for who judge people by external appearance,

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First story in my blog

Hi friends this was first Article writing in my blog, I am feeling excited,but I don’t no which content should i have to write in this Article, right now I have to decided I want to write about mystery of soul and rebirth , which was said by lord Sri Krishna to arjuna in Bhagavad Gita.

This blog was dedicating to <<lordKrishna>>

As per bhagavad Gita lord Krishna told that individual soul is immortal & everlasting; though human body dies, soul does not. It changes the body when the old body dies. It just does that like the way we change our clothes for a new pair, when the old one’s are torn. Below are verses of bhagavad gita in which Lord Sri Krishna is telling his disciple Arjuna, the mystery of soul & it’s rebirth:
“dehino-asmin yatha dehe
kaumaram yauvnam jara
tatha dehantar-praptir-
adhiras tatra na muhyati”
“Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Just as boyhood, youth & old age are attributed to the soul & the embodied soul continuously passes through these cycles, similarly the embodied soul passes into another body at death. The wise man does not get deluded & bewildered with such a change.”“na jayate mriyate va kadacin
nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
ajo nityah sasvato ’yam purano
na hanyate hanyamane sarire” (Bhagavat Gita: Chapter Two verse 20)

“Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The soul is never born nor dies at any time. Soul has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. Soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. Soul is not slain when the body is slain.”

“vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya
navani grhnati naro ’parani
tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany
anyani samyati navani dehi” (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter Two verse 22)

“Sri Krishna said: As a human being puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.”

“nainam chindanti shastrani
nainam dahati pavakah
na chainam kledayanty apo
na sosayati marutah” (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter Two verse 23)
“Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.”
“acchedyo-ayam adahyo-ayam
akledyo-asoshya ev ch
nity sarv-gatah sthanur
achalo-ayam sanatanah” (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter II verse 24)“Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, For this individual soul is incapable of being cut; and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. This soul is eternal, constant, omnipresent, unchangeable, immovable and everlasting.”“sariram yad avapnoti
yac chapy utkramatishvarah
grhitvaitani samyati
vayur gandhan ivasayat” (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 8) “Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The living entity (individual human soul) in the material world carries his different conceptions of life (individual tastes & actions/karmas) from one body to another as the air carries aromas from one place to other. Thus he takes one kind of body and again quits it to take another.”“srotram chaksuh sparshanam cha
rasanam ghranam eva cha
adhisthaya manas chayam
visayan upasevate” (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 9)

“Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The living entity (individual human soul), thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear, eye, tongue, nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind. He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects through the another body.”

“utkramantam sthitam vapi
bhunjanam va gunanvitam
vimudha nanupasyanti
pasyanti jnana-chaksusah” (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 10)

“Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The foolish cannot understand how a living entity (individual human soul) can quit his/her body, nor can they understand what sort of body he enjoys under the spell of the modes of nature. But one whose eyes are trained in knowledge of soul can see all this.”

“yatanto yoginas chainam
pasyanty atmany avasthitam
yatanto ’py akritatmano
nainam pasyanty acetasah” (Bhagavad Gita: Chapter Fifteen verse 11)

“Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, The endeavoring transcendentalists, who are situated in self-realization, can see all this (soul transmigration) very clearly. But those whose minds are not developed in this knowledge and who are not situated in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try to.”

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YouTube TV Removed From Roku Channel Store Amid Google Contract Dispute

YouTube TV has been removed from Roku’s channel store, after Roku and YouTube TV parent Google failed to come to a distribution agreement amid accusations that the tech giant made anti-competitive demands. From a report.

These spats happen regularly between Pay-TV providers and linear TV networks. But in the digital era, this is one of the rare times in which consumers will have a major streaming network removed from their platform’s channel store due to a breakdown in negotiations.

The channel will still be available for existing YouTube TV customers, but new users that wish to download the app from Roku’s channel store will no longer have the ability to do so. Roku is keeping the app available to existing users so that customers don’t get caught up in the messy negotiations. Earlier this week, Roku notified customers that YouTube TV may be forced off its platform if it couldn’t come to an agreement with Google over a distribution deal. Notably, the dispute between Google and Roku is not over financial terms.

Heirlume raises $1.38M to remove the barriers of trademark registration for small businesses

Platforms like Shopify, Stripe and WordPress have done a lot to make essential business-building tools, like running storefronts, accepting payments, and building websites accessible to businesses with even the most modest budgets. But some very key aspects of setting up a company remain expensive, time-consuming affairs that can be cost-prohibitive for small businesses — but that, if ignored, can result in the failure of a business before it even really gets started.

Trademark registration is one such concern, and Toronto-based startup Heirlume just raised $1.7 million CAD (~$1.38 million) to address the problem with a machine-powered trademark registration platform that turns the process into a self-serve affair that won’t break the budget. Its AI-based trademark search will flag if terms might run afoul of existing trademarks in the U.S. and Canada, even when official government trademark search tools, and even top-tier legal firms might not.

Heirlume’s core focus is on levelling the playing field for small business owners, who have typically been significantly out-matched when it comes to any trademark conflicts.

“I’m a senior level IP lawyer focused in trademarks, and had practiced in a traditional model, boutique firm of my own for over a decade serving big clients, and small clients,” explained Heirlume co-founder Julie MacDonell in an interview. “So providing big multinationals with a lot of brand strategy, and in-house legal, and then mainly serving small business clients when they were dealing with a cease-and-desist, or an infringement issue. It’s really those clients that have my heart: It’s incredibly difficult to have a small business owner literally crying tears on the phone with you, because they just lost their brand or their business overnight. And there was nothing I could do to help because the law just simply wasn’t on their side, because they had neglected to register their trademarks to own them.”

In part, there’s a lack of awareness around what it takes to actually register and own a trademark, MacDonell says. Many entrepreneurs just starting out seek out a domain name as a first step, for instance, and some will fork over significant sums to register these domains. What they don’t realize, however, is that this is essentially a rental, and if you don’t have the trademark to protect that domain, the actual trademark owner can potentially take it away down the road. But even if business owners do realize that a trademark should be their first stop, the barriers to actually securing one are steep.

“There was an an enormous, insurmountable barrier, when it came to brand protection for those business owners,” she said. “And it just isn’t fair. Every other business service, generally a small business owner can access. Incorporating a company or even insurance, for example, owning and buying insurance for your business is somewhat affordable and accessible. But brand ownership is not.”

Heirlume brings the cost of trademark registration down from many thousands of dollars, to just under $600 for the first, and only $200 for each additional after that. The startup is also offering a very small business-friendly ‘buy now, pay later’ option supported by Clearbanc, which means that even businesses starting on a shoestring can take step of protecting their brand at the outset.

In its early days, Heirlume is also offering its core trademark search feature for free. That provides a trademark search engine that works across both U.S. and Canadian government databases, which can not only tell you if your desired trademark is available or already held, but also reveal whether it’s likely to be able to be successfully obtained, given other conflicts that might arise that are totally ignored by native trademark database search portals.

Heirlume uses machine learning to identify these potential conflicts, which not only helps users searching for their trademarks, but also greatly decreases the workload behind the scenes, helping them lower costs and pass on the benefits of those improved margins to its clients. That’s how it can achieve better results than even hand-tailored applications from traditional firms, while doing so at scale and at reduced costs.

Another advantage of using machine-powered data processing and filing is that on the government trademark office side, the systems are looking for highly organized, curated data sets that are difficult for even trained people to get consistently right. Human error in just data entry can cause massive backlogs, MacDonell notes, even resulting in entire applications having to be tossed and started over from scratch.

“There are all sorts of datasets for those [trademark requirement] parameters,” she said. “Essentially, we synthesize all of that, and the goal through machine learning is to make sure that applications are utterly compliant with government rules. We actually have a senior level trademark examiner that that came to work for us, very excited that we were solving the problems causing backlogs within the government. She said that if Heirlume can get to a point where the applications submitted are perfect, there will be no backlog with the government.”

Improving efficiency within the trademark registration bodies means one less point of friction for small business owners when they set out to establish their company, which means more economic activity and upside overall. MacDonell ultimately hopes that Heirlume can help reduce friction to the point where trademark ownership is at the forefront of the business process, even before domain registration. Heirlume has a partnership with Google Domains to that end, which will eventually see indication of whether a domain name is likely to be trademarkable included in Google Domain search results.

This initial seed funding includes participation from Backbone Angels, as well as the Future Capital collective, Angels of Many and MaRS IAF, along with angel investors including Daniel Debow, Sid Lee’s Bertrand Cesvet and more. MacDonell notes that just as their goal was to bring more access and equity to small business owners when it comes to trademark protection, the startup was also very intentional in building its team and its cap table. MacDonell, along with co-founders CTO Sarah Ruest and Dave McDonell, aim to build the largest tech company with a majority female-identifying technology team. Its investor make-up includes 65% female-identifying or underrepresented investors, and MacDonnell says that was a very intentional choice that extended the time of the raise, and even led to turning down interest from some leading Silicon Valley firms.

“We want underrepresented founders to be to be funded, and the best way to ensure that change is to empower underrepresented investors,” she said. “I think that we all have a responsibility to actually do do something. We’re all using hashtags right now, and hashtags are not enough […] Our CTO is female, and she’s often been the only female person in the room. We’ve committed to ensuring that women in tech are no longer the only person in the room.”

New York Returns Its Police ‘Robodog’ After a Public Outcry

City residents and elected officials pushed back after videos showed the Boston Dynamics robot in action. 

THE NEW YORK Police Department said Thursday it will stop using the “Digidog,” a four-legged robot occasionally deployed for recon in dangerous situations. NYPD officials confirmed in a statement it had terminated its contract and will return the dog to vendor Boston Dynamics. Last December, the agency leased the Digidog, nicknamed Spot, for $94,000.

John Miller, the police department’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, told The New York Times that the contract was “a casualty of politics, bad information, and cheap sound bites.” Miller bemoaned the role of bad press in the backlash, but in many ways the NYPD’s own actions were a blueprint for how not to introduce new tech. And, for activists, how to effectively agitate for banning unwanted technologies.

In truth, it wasn’t just sound bites that doomed Spot. New Yorkers didn’t want it.


In February, the NYPD used Spot to defuse a hostage situation in the Bronx. When video of the device went viral, its flexible legs and camera-for-a-head design spooked people. The robot is quadrupedal but doesn’t actually look like a dog. A more immediate comparison is the armed robots featured in a postapocalyptic episode of Black Mirror. This comparison spread rapidly on social media. The NYPD’s secrecy worked against it: There was no public comment process for Spot, and residents hadn’t known to expect to see robot-dogs respond to hostage situations.

The NYPD had exactly this opportunity, months earlier, when it had to disclose both the price and governing policies for all surveillance devices as defined by the city’s Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act. Instead, the agency included a passing reference to Spot in a larger section on “situational awareness cameras,” with no images.

In New York, the police department is not required to seek city council approval, which would usually involve a public comment phase, for new purchases. And springing a robot on people has consequences.

In many ways the NYPD’s own actions were a blueprint for how not to introduce new tech.

Notably, Spot’s relatively cheap price tag of $94,000 means that, in cities like Sacramento or Burbank requiring council approval for contracts over $100,000, it could pop up without public review.

In New York, the secrecy followed by sudden viral infamy doomed the Digidog.

US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) criticized the robot as a waste of funds that could have gone toward social services. City council member Ben Kallos led a charge for banning armed robots, saying Spot was the first step towards launching an “arms race.” In the Bronx borough where the hostage incident happened, where police respond to calls for service often, many residents wondered whether they’d start seeing the dog show up frequently.

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Importantly, Spot was not armed. The robot used cameras and a microphone to scout areas that may be too dangerous for officers, such as hostage situations. Mostly, the robots are used to investigate downed power lines or gas leaks. But, the “robot dog” label stuck because it was introduced in the context of policing, in the middle of a nationwide conversation on policing, in use by a police force that purchases new equipment without public approval.

Critics seized on this to emphasize the potential consequences of police using robots without oversight or public input. With less alarming technologies, video doorbells, for example, many wonder “what’s the worst that could happen?” In the case of Spot, they warned that it was part of a larger pattern of police militarization.

Boston Dynamics said the company prohibits attaching weapons to its robots. In a statement Thursday, the company said, “We support local communities reviewing the allocation of public funds, and believe Spot is a cost-effective tool comparable to historical robotic devices used by public safety to inspect hazardous environments.”

Kallos, the city council member, told WIRED in March that the risk of mission creep, plus increasing militarization of police departments (including more uses of drones and robots in public health settings) meant it was time to act proactively.

”I have no problem with using a robot to defuse a bomb, but it has to be the right use of a tool and the right type of circumstance,” he said at the time.

Ultimately, Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner, leaves open the possibility that the NYPD could one day use Spot again. Still, the city it returns to will be one that’s very different from before, with a much larger understanding of both robots and how to tame, or if necessary, terminate them.