RoboCop is real — at least, in the Middle East.
Dubai Police are deploying a robot policeman, and the life-sized patrolman is straight out of the uncanny valley.
According to a report from Reuters, Robocop “can help identify wanted criminals and collect evidence” and “will patrol busy areas in the city, as part of a government program aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines.”
And there are more Robocops to come, the government says:
“There are plans over the next two years for the world’s largest robot, which can run at 80kph.
The 3-metre tall robot will carry heavy equipment and will be manoeuvred by a police officer seated in a cabin inside.
An egg-shaped robot will be used in parking areas to issue warning about traffic violations, and self-driving motorcycles could also be sent out.”