Robot Cops By 2084?

Robotic cops will patrol the streets by 2084, declares robotics expert Professor Noel Sharkey. This daring prediction comes to us courtesy of Warner Home Video, which commissioned the study to help promote Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.


(I also appear to be promoting The Sarah Connor Chronicles)

Here are more tasty comments from kindly Professor S:

Helping further bolster the consumer appeal associated with the popular TV spin-off, Professor Sharkey also offers that although the patrolling automatons will be made from inorganic materials, they will likely have human features and facial expressions.

Their abilities as law enforcement units will also be greatly enhanced due to immense physical strength, the inability to register pain, and inter-linked access to a citizen database that will enable the instant identification of criminals.

In formulating his technological predictions for the United Kingdom’s future police force, Prof. Sharkey drew his robotic reference, information and projected conclusions from advances being made in countries such as Japan, China, South Korea and the United States. He also hypothesised based upon progressive ideas attributed to various international experts in the field.

When it comes to the evolving influence of real-world robotics, Professor Sharkey claims that modern sci-fi offerings such as the Terminator movies and the resulting television show should not be so quickly dismissed as little more than fantastical fiction.

I felt a little bit guilty snatching that whole bit, so I linked it to lots of good references.

Science-fictional robotic police are, of course, older than RoboCop. Read more about R. Daneel Olivaw from Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov and the police robot from Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison.

You can read more about Robotic cops set to stamp out crime by 2084 if you like.

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