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“Hang on, our Themis has just gone off….”


This one actually had me literally laughing out loud so I had to share it with you.

I actually don’t get to watch Glenn Beck all that often but I always liked him and I happened to click on this video of his today and it had me in stitches.

So here’s the background….

Apparently at Dubai Design Week (whatever that is) a new “invention” was released called the “Themis”.

Named after the Greek goddess of justice, the “Themis” is designed to sound an alarm when your speech includes something “offensive”.

Gee, what could possibly go wrong?

This is the “goddess” Themis:

And this is the new “invention”:

The DailyMail had more info on the horrific new device:

A new trigger-warning detector which sound alarms when it detects offensive speech has been unveiled at Dubai Design Week.

The Themis is a lamp-sized device intended to ‘moderate’ debate in classrooms and universities and ‘manifest political correctness’ into a product.

The small device could even be used to police language at dinner parties and family gatherings and its developers have said it hopes that Themis will encourage ‘self-critique’.

The Themis (pictured) emits irritating sounds when it detects racial slurs and ‘offensive’ jokes +2
The Themis will emit irritating sounds when it detects offensive speech has been said around it

Zinah Issa, who unveiled the device in Dubai, told The Telegraph: ‘Through the use of speech recognition and sound sensors we were able to program Themis to detect offensive terms – racial slurs, offensive jokes – through the microphone.

‘Extremely bothersome alarms last approximately two minutes, after which Themis turns off, allowing an open, understanding discussion among people on the possible trigger matter and the potential reasons behind Themis’s activation’.

The device is named for Themis, the Greek goddess of justice and social order.

Themis is being currently trialled in classrooms and universities with a view to a wider roll-out soon.

The design were unveiled at the Global Grad Show where students from across the Middle East and North Africa were invited to share their work.

So that’s actually rather disturbing, but the part that had my cracking up was Glenn Beck’s bit he did about it.

In a sketch where he pretends to be talking to his co-host Stew, they start talking about the story and then find out that the Themis starts going off on Stew.

When Glenn says “Hang on, our Themis has just gone off” I lost it.

It’s a good thing I wasn’t drinking something or I would have sprayed it all over my computer screen.

Enjoy this short bit:

Sometimes the best way to deal with things is through humor and satire.

Well done, Glenn and Stew!


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