1.11.19

RAY BRADBURY'S MECHANICAL HOUND WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DYSTOPIAN FICTION.

The device made its appearance in Fahrenheit 451.
The Mechanical Hound is a robotic assassin in the novel "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury.This robot is described as being made out of copper wire and storage batteries. Its purpose is to enforce the laws set by the government.

The Mechanical Hound was inspired by the use of dogs by firefighters in rescue operations. Whereas the purpose of rescue hounds is to locate those in need and help them, the purpose of the Mechanical Hound is to locate those who do not adhere to the rules and punish them.

The character has been likened to the Furies in ancient Greek mythology, symbolizing the government's appropriation of technological advances for its own agenda of oppression.
What the description does not tell you, dear reader, is the way in which the Hound sometimes assists in the Maintenance of the Rulers' Narrative, such as, at the end of the book, where the state-sponsored coverage of their version of a White Bronco chase ends with a guy, probably a deviant of some sort for the crime of going out for a morning walk, being put down by the Hound while the real bad guy gets away.

Then I watched last Wednesday's Chicago P.D.
The biggest mistake Intelligence made was trusting a facial recognition software that was still in its beta stages.

The interim Mayor Crawford felt optimistic about the software and convinced Voight's team to use it to find their suspect but ultimately, it was their poor decision-making that created this mess.
Nowhere during the show did any of the supposedly best detectives in all of Chicago consider the possibility that the gang-banger's lieutenant who didn't want the capo di bangers working with the police to identify who blew away two kids playing video games had more than a passing resemblance to the patsy who turned up on a surveillance camera being more likely to be the prime suspect than Ivory Soap was pure.
Technology fails often. It should serve as an aid, but it should never replace a case built from the ground up by detectives that are supposed to be the "best in the city."

When [the patsy] denied any responsibility for the death of two nine-year-old boys, Intelligence attempted to pull a guilty confession from him at all costs by throwing him into County to break him.
One of the deputy banger's associates got himself booked into County and disposed of the patsy; only then did the investigators identify the real killer. Who they turned over to the capo di bangers for a little street justice. Then the Powers That Be announced the case was closed, as the now dead patsy had been properly identified by an experimental face recognition program.  The warning being to all and sundry, whether participants in the ongoing gang wars, disgruntled Bear fans cutting up after another loss, or people requesting Republican ballots in the primary voting, that they might run but they just can't hide.

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