23 Mar '17, 1pm

Sidewalks are for people. Should we let the robots steal them?

Sidewalks are for people. Should we let the robots steal them?

They have finally arrived in America: just off the boat from Estonia, these immigrants don't need work visas. They are the Starship Delivery Robots we covered last year, and have now been unleashed on the streets of Washington, DC. According to Maura Judkis of the Washington Post, they are being tested now. ...the next time you place an order on Postmates, there’s a chance that a robot and his friendly handler might appear at your door. It’s as if they’re visitors from the future who traveled back in time to complete an important mission: bringing you a burrito. They even have a special bylaw that permits them on the sidewalks, but limits their speed to 4 miles an hour and their weight to 50 pounds, and keeps them out of the central business district and away from sensitive locations. When we wrote about it last year, commenters suggested that it would invite vandalism, bu...

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