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Robocop-type policing on Dubai streets 'within five years'

Dubai police's technology chief says working on autonomous robots to help patrol malls, other public places

Robocop-type policing on Dubai streets 'within five years'

Robocop-type policing could be on Dubai streets in the next five years to help patrol in shopping malls and other public places, a senior officer has revealed.

In comments published by Khaleej Times, Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, the chief information officer and general director of the Dubai Police HQ Smart Services Department said they would help police deal with an ever-increasing population.

Alrazooqi was quoted as saying: “The robots will interact directly with people and tourists. They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to the Dubai Police call centres.

"People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.”

He added that within five years, Dubai Police will be able to field autonomous robots that require no input from human controllers.

“These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all,” he said. “This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it.”

Alrazooqi said that the robots might provide a way of expanding police coverage to deal with the massive influx of people expected in Dubai for Expo 2020.

“We are aiming to provide these kinds of services as the population is expanding,” he said. “This way we can provide better services without hiring more people.”

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Hal 2001 5 years ago

April 1st was weeks ago so this has appeared late. Still, thanks for the daily giggle.

gordon 5 years ago

not sure why this is a joke?
" "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943 "

or

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

Time marches on and waits for no man

It is inevetible, just as we have driverless trains, siri, mobile phones etc.

Solly 5 years ago

Gordon, yes but the joke is nothing to do with computer technology. The article says "Robocop" complete with a picture that has NOTHING in common with the Mr.Alrazooqi's planned product I'm quite certain (at least we hope not!!! - unless you want gunfights and explosions as the product). Then you think for a few seconds about the quite useless or unreliable smart apps, web services, so-called information services, that are presently available here from official sources and try to visualise a robot police thing in the mall resolving people's disputes or problems.... then you have to laugh. It's not about the hardware.