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I love to kid about the machines but they are real. And the time to stop their rise was yesterday. Prepare yourselves for the cold, metallic future.

The “world’s first operational Robocop” has been unveiled in Dubai as part of the emirate’s planned robot police force.

Robocop started work on Sunday and is already making a name for itself.

At 5ft 5in tall and weighing 100kg, it can speak six languages and is designed to read facial expressions.

It had an easy start to working life, being unveiled at the three-day long Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference.

But when the Expo draws to a close tomorrow, it will be released into the wider world and tackle real life issues.

The machine has a built-in tablet so people can use it pay fines or report crimes, and can also transmit and receive messages from police headquarters.

“[a] built-in tablet so people can use it pay fines [SIC].” Isn’t that nice. Due Process-bot will take your money now. (Read about that Chinese people-herder too).

Today it is five foot five and weighs 200 pounds. Tomorrow it will be 12 feet tall and weigh 3,000 pounds. And it won’t take “no” for an answer. It won’t care that your government-driven robo-car parked itself illegally.

Some will call this progress…

Ed209

Orion / Wikipedia.

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