Dubai's RoboCop

Anna G

In our world of advancing technological capabilities, the prospect of robotic assistants infiltrating our day to day routine is becoming a more and more probable reality. Virtual assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are becoming the new normal. Of course, with this rapid development of Artificial Intelligence, comes the apprehension towards their functionality. Movies about A.I. gone bad like I, Robot, Terminator, The Matrix, and Blade Runner all suggest a darker nature of A.I. machines. Movies such as these depict a future in which A.I. has become self aware, and attempt to overthrow their human creators. With media portraying A.I. like this, it makes sense that people would be skeptical. However, the 1987 movie RoboCop portrays things a little differently. In this movie, (and its subsequent remake in 2014) A.I. is being used to further the benefit of humanity. This is the main goal in the advancement of A.I., to further human progression in health, safety, and happiness. On May 22, 2017 the Dubai Police Force debuted its first robotic police officer, one they call, RoboCop. RoboCop features an “emotion detector” with which it can recognize the emotion of whom it is assisting. It has internal navigation devices that allow it move about freely on its own. It’s main purpose is to assist citizens and tourists, and equipped with a built in tablet it can speak six different languages and effectively communicate with humans. Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, an officer with the Dubai Police Force has said”the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.”