Robots are known to be warehouse machinery but having them as cops can only be imagined in a science fiction movie. This is gradually changing as robot are now being used in almost every industry. As part of the quest to make technology an integral part of security, the oil-rich city of Dubai has successfully deployed the world’s first Robot Cop. This new breed of cop can be seen on the street of Dubai doing it work as a police officer. For its part of the Emirates’ planned robot police force. And was unveiled at the three-day long Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference held in Dubai.
Physical Features of the Robot Cop
The 5.5ft tall robot has a humanoid look from the waist up, with two arms, a head, and two eyes. It also has a police cap to match it cop look. And for the bottom half, this is where the limits of current technology become obvious. Instead of legs, the Dubai Robot cop has wheels which it uses to roll around. But as we all know, technology is a continuous process for improvement. And this limitation will be overcome in the near future.
Functions of the Robot cop
Although, the Robot cop is not designed to deter serious crime nor equipped to chase down suspects. Its purpose is to be used by people in the mall or on the street to perform simple tasks; which are reporting of crimes, pay fines, and ask questions. This can be done by using a tablet lodged on its chest. The Robot Cop can also salute, bow, speak in multiple languages, and recognize hand gestures from up to 1.5meters away. It has two eyes that are actually cameras. Its eyes can be used to scan a crowd for wanted individuals using facial recognition technology. And once it detects someone who is wanted by the police, it can stream video directly to officers who then do all the leg work.
Having a new set of law enforcement agent as Robot will pose some questions. some of which are: ain’t robot as police officers would be too ruthless and will lack emotions in dealing with humans? Although, the new robotic cop might not be able to arrest anyone yet. But it can make it easier for police to spot those who may run afoul of the law. And with the fast improvement in technology, it wouldn’t be too long until we have fully functional, two-legged Robot cops chasing suspects around.
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