Dubai's First "Robocop" Reports For Duty

Tyler Durden's picture

Dubai is bringing job-killing automation out of the factories and into the streets as its first robotic police officer officially reported for duty on Thursday. The United Arab Emirates hopes that "robocops" like this one will comprise 25% of Dubai's police force by 2030.

As Agence France Press reported, the robotic cop posed for souvenir photos with tourists at the foot of the Burj Khalifa on Thursday. Dubai’s government plans to deploy its new cadre of robot officers at tourist destinations like the world's tallest tower.

A camera installed on the robot sends a live feed to police headquarters, while a touchscreen installed on its chest area will allow citizens and tourists to report crimes, pay traffic tickets and submit paperwork, according to United Press International. Its facial recogniition software can also be used to identify facial expressions, so if somebody approaches the robot looking upset or scared, it can try to calm them down.

The robot, which travels on wheels, is five feet, five inches tall, weighs 100 kilograms and can speak six languages, according to UNI.

 

 

As AFP reports: “The main purpose is to ‘find a new way to deal with people’, said Brigadier Khaled al-Razzooqi, head of Smart Services at Dubai police."

Al-Razzooqui acknowledged that the robot wouldn’t be able to replicate certain tasks, like arresting suspects, that’re best reserved for humans.  Though Dubai is hopeful that advances in artificial intelligence might allow it to patrol the streets, make arrests and perform other more complex tasks by 2030.

Police in Dubai, a popular tourist destination that attracted 15 million visitors last year according to AFP, previously made headlines by purchasing luxury cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis and using them as patrol vehicles.

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"A camera installed on the robot sends a live feed to police headquarters, while a touchscreen installed on its chest area will allow citizens and tourists to report crimes, pay traffic tickets and submit paperwork"

Now explain to me again where I'm suppose to shove that paperwork?

beemasters's picture

"Dubai, a popular tourist destination that attracted 15 million visitors"

I bet they are not returning visitors. And the Robocops will be another deterrent.

SMG's picture

[for demonstration, Mr. Kinney points a pistol at ED-209
ED-209: [menacingly] Please put down your weapon. You have twenty seconds to comply. 
Dick Jones: I think you'd better do what he says, Mr. Kinney. 
[Mr. Kinney drops the pistol on the floor. ED-209 advances, growling
ED-209: You now have fifteen seconds to comply. 
[Mr. Kinney turns to Dick Jones, who looks nervous
ED-209: You are in direct violation of Penal Code 1.13, Section 9. 
[entire room of people in full panic trying to stay out of the line of fire, especially Mr. Kinney
ED-209: You have five seconds to comply. 
Kinney: Help...! Help me! 
ED-209: Four... three... two... one... I am now authorized to use physical force! 
[ED-209 opens fire and shreds Mr. Kinney

07564111's picture

all your droids are belong to us ;)

what can be used against you can also be used against them.

mdr attitude's picture

Does it come with a robo camel?

 

peddling-fiction's picture

Will it tase you and then cuff you?

PT's picture

I understand the colour sheme fits the rest of the police force but it looks pretty ugly.  I was expecting something more stylish from Dubai.  Perhaps gold plated, diamond encrusted.  errr, perhaps "stylish" was the wrong word ...

But I think we should breathe a sigh of relief that my expectations were not met.  I was also wondering if it came equipped with a built-in circular saw, for dealing with any robbers it caught ...

Implied Violins's picture

That's version 2.0. This one is just the beta-test.

peddling-fiction's picture

It just needs a caning re-education routine. How hard can it be?

boattrash's picture

Odds are, it will have a better sense of reason than some of the LEOs I've encountered before.

junction's picture

"Greasing" a cop's palm will have a whole new meaning with these automatons.

N0TME's picture

"Thank you for your cooperation."

Von Berger's picture

A narrow slot at the rear of Robotwot in which you insert written communication.
Commonly known as the arse - hole.

yogibear's picture

Next they'll bring out Osama Bin Robo.

Croesus's picture

Robotic terrorists?

Don't give the FBI any new ideas...

any_mouse's picture

The FBI uses programmed meat puppets to commit domestic terror. Cheaper than real robots.

AtATrESICI's picture

Does that robot know how to handle a sword? Chop chop. Mother Fuckers.

Deplorable's picture

A far cry from Rosie.

izzee's picture

is that a codpiece?

Salsa Verde's picture

Dirty cops can't even shake down tourists anymore; oh the humanity!

Zero-risk bias's picture

Not at all freaky for the kiddies. Was it designed by to make people feel secure? Maybe we could have some clowns with razor sharp teeth aswell?

WTFUD's picture

The guys who do the beheadings are concerned.

Pliskin's picture

1.  Serve the publc trust.

2.  Protect the innocent.

3.  Uphold sharia law.

4.  CLASSIFIED.  (But probably persecute women who've been raped!)

 

mc888's picture

Hack the police!

Oh wait, it's just a kiosk. Let's get hot dogs.

AtATrESICI's picture

Dude, that shit is funny.

niemand's picture

Araborocop..muahaha
what about replacing the wahabi saudi puppeticians
by King-o-Saudibot 2.0 with factorylink to Tel Aviv?

bluskyes's picture

Where's the self destruct button?

aloha_snakbar's picture

Does the RoboCop fuck RoboGoats?

man of Wool's picture

Does the RoboCop fuck full stop?

Would Ispanka like one?

Frito's picture

Do andriods dream of electric sheep?

SmokinMonkey's picture

We can also replace Hillary with Robocunt, then push in lake to self destruct.  

aloha_snakbar's picture

I wonder if RoboPig would get upset if you used its touchscreen to write, "I saw your Mother screwing a transistor radio"?

thedespised's picture

Get a car jumper and jam the connectors into the back of it's head immediately.  this is recommended for all robots you meet.

thedespised's picture

Get a car jumper and jam the connectors into the back of it's head immediately.  this is recommended for all robots you meet.

geeves's picture

"Alert! Woman not wearing burka. Lethal force authorized."

Bill of Rights's picture

There goes the donut business...

Herdee's picture

Paste some magnets on him.

yogibear's picture

Wonder how water-proof  it is? Like being blasted with water 

Or spraying it's sensors with metalic paint.

Spraying oil on it's camera.

It seems a little slow.  Rather like a retarded robo-cop. 

Madison's_Ghost's picture

"The main purpose is to ‘find a new way to deal with people."

 

Well, did you try humanism and mutual respect? Its way cheaper.