Attention Walmart shoppers: Soon you may see and hear A.I. robots busily stocking shelves during primetime business hours. These automatons, the prototype of which vaguely resembles a larger version of the affable robot WALL-E from the movie of the same name, will hum along aisles taking inventory and opening boxes. Its secondary function is interacting with customers when all human employees are occupied; programmed to detect a customer’s native tongue and reply appropriately in eight different languages—in a soothing male or female human voice—the robot will answer customer questions, its algorithmic, quantum circuitry self-learning from each interaction. The robot also performs a tertiary function. Speech identification microphones, listening for specific keywords, and high-resolution facial recognition cameras, one in each bulbous robotic eye, transmit customers’ voiceprints and imagery to a whirring computer bank in the underbelly of Mount Weather, FEMA’s primary base of operations for nearly four decades.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Walmart have had a cozy partnership since 2000, when then-FEMA Director James Witt and former Walmart CEO Lee Scott struck an underhanded deal allowing the controversial agency to “control” the retailer in times of Martial Law and for FEMA’s illicit “beta tests” on the citizenry. Scott made more money than Walmart paid him, and Witt gained an ally for his war on American citizens. The FEMA-Walmart camaraderie is still strong. And the introduction of a technological terror veiled as an inoffensive electronic stock boy/concierge buttresses the argument that the despicable duo has worked in unison to usher in a New World Order that deprives law-abiding Americans of their Constitutional rights and freedoms.
The yet unnamed robot was designed to FEMA’s specifications by tech company Clarifai, a prominent artificial intelligence firm that in 2017 drew unwanted press after employee Liz O’Sullivan resigned in protest over the company’s plans to offer “autonomous killer robots” for sale to the U.S. government.
FEMA’s edition is principally for surveillance, but can be weaponized, according to an agency source who claims to have attended design meetings. Recessed compartments in the robot’s “waist” can carry two sidearms of any size and caliber that are propelled pneumatically into titanium claws.
“The deal stipulates the robots not be initially armed and be used to collect intelligence in the name of national security. The facial recognition software can capture 500 people’s faces per second and transmit data over a wireless 5G network directly to FEMA or other law enforcement agency. At the same time, voice capture technology will listen for keywords and topics like anti-government ideology and send real-time recordings to FEMA. Customers will be clueless. They’ll think the robots are just taking inventory and giving price quotes.”
The real agenda, he added, is to further expand FEMA’s comprehensive list of subversives—patriots, survivalists, and 2nd Amendment advocates. People most likely to challenge government authority under times of Martial Law. The agency, for indistinct reasons, seems to feel Walmart’s motley throng of polychromatic patrons endangers its existence.
“Walmart is the pulse of America. And FEMA wants its finger on that pulse,” our source said. “The facial recognition robots are just the newest tool and toy.”
Walmart’s sneaky use of facial recognition technology is not new. In 2012, the company began installing facial recognition at front doors, ostensibly so loss-prevention department could watch and thwart repeat shoplifters. But FEMA quickly tapped that resource, siphoning millions of facial recognition scans from Walmart’s databanks and feeding them to Mt. Weather’s computers for dissection and analysis. Which, of course, raises an interesting question: Why augment existing technology with costly, conspicuous robots?
Our source offers his opinion: “Ultimately, FEMA wants an AI workforce. AI doesn’t question orders. AI removes human indecision from the equation. It is quite difficult for a human to kill another human being. The robots have no ethical inhibitions. Walmart has been a testbed for many agency projects. It wants to integrate robots into society, to desensitize humans to the presence of artificially sentient beings. To make them commonplace. Once society accepts robots as part of everyday life and pays them no mind, FEMA can then spring a trap. There’s certainly a reason we went with Clarifai instead of another company,” he said.
FEMA’s partnership with Clarifai speaks volumes to its intentions. Indeed, it could have partnered with any one of twenty robotics firms, but it picked one committed to the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems — robots that can, with a proverbial flip of the switch, seek out a target and end a life without a human in the decision-making loop.
FEMA/Walmart hopes to install a dozen trial robots at select Walmart outlets by October 2020. Twisted Truth reached out to Clarifai, but the tech firm would neither confirm nor deny an ongoing venture with the U.S. government.