Dubai's robot cop is the first step towards a 25% non-human police force by 2030

midian182

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Are we heading for a future populated by robotic police officers? Over in Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, that scenario could become a reality sooner than expected. The emirate is set to introduce the first robotic law enforcement agents tomorrow; a step toward the ultimate plan for robots to make up 25 percent of its police force by 2030.

The adapted REEM robot, which measures around 5 feet five inches high and weighs 220 pounds, was shown off at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference on Sunday. It’s designed by Spanish company PAL Robotics, and while it can’t chase or arrest suspects – it’s not quite Robocop, yet – the machine’s facial recognition technology can help police identify and catch offenders - though it’s still only 80 percent accurate. It also features cameras that send a live feed back to the control center.

The model is an upgraded version of the prototype unveiled at Dubai’s electronic trade show GITEX last year. It comes with a tablet built into its chest that allows people to report crimes, access public police information, and pay traffic tickets with their credit cards.

The extent of the improvements are unclear, but Dubai’s Police Force has been working with Google, as well as IBM’s Watson AI system, on its voice recognition capabilities. The autonomous robot can communicate with people and answer questions in six different languages. It can even detect a person’s emotional state and can respond accordingly.

The aim is for the robots to eventually become advanced enough that they can operate as full police officers.

"With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels," said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, director-general of smart services at Dubai Police, according to the Khaleej Times.

It remains to be seen how the public will feel about reporting crimes to a robot. Hopefully, it won’t get punched to the ground like the K5 security robot in Mountain View, California recently.

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Raoul Duke

So I guess now you can be tortured 24/7, robot never gets tired.
If not Dubai, if successful they will be sold and modified.
 

andy06shake

TS Evangelist
Well coming for Dubai, we can be almost sure, the Police robot in question wont be of the bacon favored bastard variety. ;)
 

andy06shake

TS Evangelist
nice racist joke
Actually it was more a poke at Police being bacon flavored rather than aimed at race. It's common knowledge that pork is outlawed in said country so I cant see how stating the obvious can be considered racist.

Guess some people see racism in anything these days, such is the politically correct universe in which we live. ;)

Feel free to assume as you wish. LoL
 

Igrecman

TS Maniac
If ISIS get their hand on that, they would reprogram the robot. They'd make it want to be a martyr to deserve 40 virgin fembots in robot paradise.
 
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andy06shake

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maybe this is just a Canadian thing, the joke about the overweight police in Tim Horton's with the doughnuts and coffee (trying to explain the first post)
I don't think it's just a Canadianism, considering Police are synonymous with doughnuts just about world wide. I blame The Simpsons, not to mentions our beloved officers of the law. ;)