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China rolls out more robots to police their populace

Because a good idea is a good idea, the Chinese government has decided to keep rolling out robot cops. One comes armed with advice…and will snitch on you.

 

 

Around the same time that the Chinese government deployed troop carriers (and a hurricane of pepper spray) against the residents of Hong Kong, they’ve rolled out robot cops to “help” marshall traffic. Which is a case of rather unfortunate timing.

The extremely dystopian sounding Handan Public Security Bureau has deployed three types of traffic robots.

This first is a “road patrol robot” designed to push the average traffic cop into the footnotes of history, replete with yellow uniform and white hat.

The bot is apparently armed with a camera and is capable of identifying drivers and noting instances of illegal behaviour.

Another identifies itself as an “advice traffic robot”, one that will give advice to those who ask it, and automatically report what it deems a suspect and/or security risk.

The third type is one that tells drivers if an accident is ahead, which anyway you want to cut it, is a sign.

 

The extremely dystopian sounding Handan Public Security Bureau has deployed three types of traffic robots.

 

However, China’s push to use technology to assist law enforcement should be the takeaway point, as Futurism noted that “…the nation has already deployed facial recognition systems to catch jaywalkers and made RFID tags mandatory in new cars so drivers can’t skip out on paying highway tolls. It has also equipped some police officers with facial recognition glasses to help them spot people wanted in connection with crimes.”

With China’s hard-on for robots with a badge rather noticeable (see also, the AnBot in 2016, and the E-Patrol Robot Sheriff  in 2017), I’m looking forward to ethically awkward police beatings and/or a series of Chinese action movie knock-offs featuring a cop who is a robot, who also has something wrong with him.

Malware Gibson, anyone?

 

 

 

 

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