WHAT IT IS
- The Dubai police department plans to have robotic police comprise 25% of its patrolling force by 2030, if preliminary tests prove successful.
- “Robocops” will be unarmed, allow people to pay fines, equipped with cameras and facial recognition software, and collect data.
- Dubai does not plan to fully replace humans as police, but plans to create a fully functioning robot that can work as a normal police officer.
WHY IT MATTERS
If Dubai’s plan yields successful, other cities and countries will look at this as an example to implement their own squad of robocops. On the other hand, if this proves to be ineffective, it is unlikely other cities will adopt the robocop idea.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Dubai rolled out their first robocop on May 24th, 2017.
- The robocops are primarily employed at shopping centers and tourist attractions.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Here is a list of the robotic assistants and enforcers being implemented in police departments around the world.
- Are there any “robot proof” jobs?