In the 1987 sci-film, "RoboCop" was the cyborg addition to the Detroit Police Department. Here we are 30 years later and the thought of a robot working alongside police officers is no longer a far-fetched fantasy.
It's a reality and it has already begun working. This new addition to the Dubai Police Department was unveiled on Sunday at the city's annual information security expo.
After being inducted into the police force, robot cop patrolled the event. Now that the conference has come to a close, it will begin working near tourist sites and other highly populated areas. It will assist people by answering their questions and it has a built-in tablet so people can use it to report crimes and pay fines.
"The launch of the world’s first operational Robocop is a significant milestone for the Emirate and a step [toward] realizing Dubai’s vision to be a global leader in smart [cities'] technology adoption," said Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, who is the director-general of Smart Services with the Dubai Police.
The robot is 5.5-feet tall, weighs 220 pounds, can speak six languages, and is connected to the internet. According to "Gulf News," not only can it recognize faces, but it can also read people's expressions, detect their emotions, and understand different gestures. The facial recognition software will be used to help Dubai's police catch criminals and it will be able to broadcast video feed to the department's command room.
According to CNN, Al Razouqi said the robot will not be carrying a gun or replacing human jobs. However, the goal is for Robocops to make up 25 percent of the Dubai police force by 2030.