Time to start welcoming our new robot overlords – and tip them generously for dropping off our dinners.
Yesterday, as reported by Recode, Gov. Scott Walker signed a new law officially allowing ground delivery robots to roll alongside us mere mortals on sidewalks and crosswalks on their way to drop off food and other online-ordered packages. Wisconsin is the third state – after Idaho and Virginia – to pass such legislation.
The law says that the delivery robots can't travel faster than 10 miles per hour and can't weigh more than 80 pounds – which is fine, as the rolling rovers created by Starship Technologies, the main company leading the charge in ground-based delivery robots and laws allowing them, come in at only 40 pounds on their own and can carry up to 20 pounds of delivery items.
And in case you're worried about some sort of nightmare robo-pocalypse breaking out spawned by devious delivery bots, the law also says that a person must be in place to take control over the robot in case it decides to crush your puny human skull neath its metallic claw feet or that I'm sorry, Dave, but I can't give you the groceries you ordered.
Starship's robo-rovers have yet to begin making the rounds in any of the three legalized states yet, but it did perform some commercial trials in Redwood City, California and Washington D.C. working with DoorDash and Postmates. So the robots are coming – and then possibly the robot apocalypse. Then again, if I'm getting beer, meats and cheeses delivered to my door without having to move, maybe the end of days won't be so bad.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.