Monday, April 16, 2012

South Korea to get robot prison guards

South Korea plans to introduce robots into its prison system to assist human prison guards. These robots have been designed to patrol a prison autonomously and do mundane tasks such as prisoner observation, project instructions to prisoners from human operators, and recognize certain behaviours from prisoners. Human operators can use an iPad to manually control the robots if the need arises. The next step, according to designers, is a robot that conducts body searches although they admit, neither the technology nor the prison system is quite ready for a step that far into the future. These robots are equipped with alarms instead of guns and travel at 2 km/h so no Robocop action yet.

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