After outrage: New York police stop using robot dog

After sharp criticism, the New York police force ends its use of a robot dog. As a police spokesman confirmed to the news agency AFP on Thursday, the contract w

After outrage: New York police stop using robot dog

After sharp criticism, the New York police force ends its use of a robot dog. As a police spokesman confirmed to the news agency AFP on Thursday, the contract with the manufacturer company Boston Dynamics was terminated. The four-legged robot, nicknamed Digidog, which is used for explorations in dangerous situations, goes back to the company. Actually, the contract with a volume of 94,000 dollars (about 78,000 euros) would have expired by August. < / p>

The New York police department had unleashed a storm of indignation when it deployed the remote-controlled robot equipped with cameras during an arrest in a social housing building in February. Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke of a"robotic ground surveillance drone." < / p>

The civil rights organization ACLU warned that robots equipped with artificial intelligence could one day make police decisions. Critics also saw the robot as a symbol of the increasing militarization of the police. The New York police, on the other hand, had declared that the high-tech robot could "save lives, protect people, protect police officers."

Updated Date: 30 April 2021, 21:19

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