RoboCop: Dubai implements robotic police force

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.

  • FUTURE PLANS – “Hello, I-Robot”

    • More data:  Robocops can provide more data collection on police and civilian interaction, due to their ability to record every interaction.
    • Workaholic:   Robocops do not need days off or have the ability to get sick, so they can work 24/7.
    • Less danger:   Robocops will provide less human officers in harm’s way, decreasing the amount of police fatalities.
  • KEEP FICTITIOUS – “I-Robot is cinema”

    • Accountability:   A machine cannot be punished for its mistakes, so it would be very difficult for police departments to hold the robocops accountable.
    • Bias still remain:   There have been cases of algorithmic bias, such as facial recognition detecting only Caucasian faces and not all others.
    • Evolution:   Artificial Intelligence has not advanced far enough for a robot to safely carry a weapon, and may not ever evolve to that point.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT