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Turkish mayor to outraged citizens: ‘Respect the robot’
Turkish mayor sued by citizens for building robot, gives zero f***s.
Melih Gökçek, mayor of Ankara, defended his decision but the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects’ Chambers is suing, alleging the funds were misspent: “The money spent for the robot statues, which will be built for the Ankapark project and were referred to by Gökçek as his ‘prestige project,’ belongs to the inhabitants of the city. We filed a lawsuit.”
In response to criticisms that the statue is a “monstrosity” and a “criminal waste of funds” the mayor replied only: “Respect the robot.”
It’s unknown exactly how much he money spent on his metal masterpiece, but the mech stands 20-feet-tall and Twitter is pretty amused at the mayor’s audacity.
From now on, whenever I want someone to stop giving me a hard time, i’m gonna say “Respect the Robot”, I hope this catches on.
— Stush cinta (@Stushcinta) April 14, 2015
In other #respecttherobot news, a giant transformer has been installed to monitor traffic in the DROC.
In a report on robots Thursday, Nobel Peace Prize-winner for her work on banning anti-personnel land mines and founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots told Motherboard: “If I could sit down with Google people, I would want them to make a public pledge to not become involved with autonomous killer robots.”
No word on whether Ankara or the DROC’s robots are weaponized but don’t disrespect them unless you want to find out.
JC Sevcik is a former political contributor to the Daily Dot with a focus on police, social justice, and surveillance. He has also written for United Press International.