Singapore has turned to robots to try to stop outlaws in the city. But before you snap a picture of a Robocop on the streets and say, “Quiet, or something will go wrong,” know that these cars have fewer cyborgs and use more Wall-E.
Singapore has begun testing several robots called "Javier" to patrol high-traffic areas, Reuters reported.
Instead of using violent crimes. Singapore has been rated as one of the safest countries in the world - they will look for 'unwanted social behaviours'. These include ignoring Covid-19 safety measures (eg a "community of more than five people"), smoking in restricted areas, improper bicycle parking, and illegal walking.
Bots with 360-degree infrared cameras and dim cameras detect this antisocial behaviour. If the AI system detects any prohibited activity, the Command and Control Center will be alerted.
" Dead or alive, you come with me!”
Robots also have an array of sensors that I hope will help them automatically move around town and out of things. Avoid pedestrians and vehicles. They also display messages to educate the public about appropriate behavior on their screens, which undoubtedly helps ordinary people.
A spokesperson for Singapore's Home Team Science and Technology Agency said the robots will be used to enforce the law during the trial. "Javier's deployment supports the work of government officers, as it reduces the manpower needed for patrols and improves operational efficiency," the agency said. By 2030, those probably won't count for robots.
We have seen similar surveillance/security bots in the US, many of which have been attacked and harassed. One of them even broke in the spring - work stresses may be too much.
Singapore uses robots to detect bad behavior among people