Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law. That was the directives of the law enforcement cyborg in the movie RoboCop. Well, life is imitating art because the world’s first operation Robocop went into service on Sunday in Dubai.
The Robocop in IRL will not be armed with an Auto 9 handgun, but rather a preprogrammed desire to help the citizens and tourists of Dubai.
The Robocop stands at five feet and five inches tall and weighs 220 pounds and people can use the law enforcement robot to pay fines, report crimes, plus residents can also transmit and receive messages from police headquarters.
“He can chat and interact, respond to public queries, shake hands and offer a military salute,” Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, Director-General of Smart Services with the Dubai Police told the Mirror.
“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,” he added.
That’s not nearly as menacing as the RoboCop from the movies.
The Robocop currently can “chat” in Arabic or English, but it will soon be able to speak in languages such as Russian, Chinese, French, and Spanish.
This robot can also read facial expressions so it can determine whether you are happy or sad and alter its own expression accordingly.
It can use its facial recognition software to help police officers identify and catch offenders, as well as broadcast live video feeds.
The Robocop, which was developed by Spain-based PAL Robotics, reportedly has a number of skills added on by Google and IBM’s supercomputer Watson. It is just the first in the emirate’s planned robot police force.
“We’re not going to fire our police officers by replacing them with this tool but with the number of people in Dubai increasing, we want to relocate police officers so they work in the right areas and can concentrate on providing a safe city,” Razzouqi said.
Thank our lucky stars that an Enforcement Droid series 209 (ED-209) wasn’t unleashed on the public.
That did not end well.
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