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Dubai could have robot police officers by 2020, says official

Artificial intelligence being developed for use by city’s force

Dubai could have robot police officers by 2020, says official

Robots could replace some Dubai police officers in the city by 2020, say reports.

Dubai Police are planning to introduce robots and artificial intelligence to the force within four years, an official revealed.

“Robots could do the work of a police officer on the ground at certain situations,” said Col. Khalid Razooqi, General Director of Smart Department Dubai Police. “We are working on a similar project and it will be ready by Expo 2020.”

Dubai Police introduced a robot during Gitex Technology Week in 2015, he told Emirates 24/7 at a session on Wearables and Connected Consumers.

“The project we are working on will involve robots interacting with people and performing some responsibilities that of a police officer,” he said.

Phase one would see the manufacture of the robots, while phase two would involve the development of artificial intelligence.

“We are in the final stages of identifying a company for the manufacturing of robots,” said Col. Razooqi.

Dubai Police is also in the process of developing the artificial intelligence in coordination with Watson, the question answering computer system, and web search engine Google.