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This article was published on November 23, 2011

    Why Occupy Wall Street when you could send a robot?

    Why Occupy Wall Street when you could send a robot?
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    Learning from the lessons of the 1%, I set forth to outsource our occupy-related labor to a robotic workforce. Robots obviously have many advantages over their human counterparts. For instance, robots never get tired, they don’t get cold, they don’t sleep, nor eat, don’t require tents, and when armed insurrection becomes necessary, robots are much more morally ambivalent. Additionally, we had a discussion with an unnamed member of the San Francisco police force and they confided in us that the police currently do not have any plan for dealing with robotic occupiers

    -Instructables community manager and F.A.T. Lab fellow Randy Sarafan

    It’s bloody brilliant. Sarafan, an “interstellar wrecking ball of immeasurable destruction” is a San Francisco based artist/geek that’s giving people instructions on how to make Occu(pi) Bots, which are tireless, unstoppable, robotic class protestors. You’ll need a robot, a megaphone, a 1/8″ male-to-male stereo cable, an Arduino and wave shield, an M-type plug, a 9V battery clip and battery, PVC pipe, materials to make a sign, tape, nuts, bolts and zip ties. The Creators Project calls it “the most constructive piece of OWS-related design yet.”

    Check out the Occu(pi) Bot in action and visit the Instructables How-To for further instruction on how to make the bot, detailed photographs and tips on where to buy materials.