Dubai is aiming to to have robots policing the streets by 2017. Just two years away. Scary.
The claim is that the robots will be ‘fully intelligent’, which makes it sound like some sort of Robocop-esque creation.
Not quite, though:
The robots will interact with people and tourists. They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to Dubai Police call centers. People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.
These will rapidly become more intelligent though. We hope to have fully AI driven models on the street within four to five years.Advertisement
These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all. This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it.
It sounds less like a robot and more like an iPad, to be honest. But what does it look like?
It doesn’t look very intimidating to criminals. It looks more like something from an old episode of Tomorrow’s World than the future of crime fighting.
It’s confusing that they are calling them ‘robot police’, when they are more like ‘Skype but outside’.