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Monday, November 28, 2011

Robot prison guards

 
   Beginning next March, three guard robots will be on alert for dangerous behavior at the prison in Pohang, according to a Yonhap News report.
The 1 billion won ($864,000) project is being organized by Korea's Ministry of Knowledge Economy. The robots will mainly patrol at night and serve as telepresence droids for remote human guards.


The 5-foot-tall robot, which sports four wheels and the ability to speak, is under development by the Asian Forum for Corrections (AFC), with help from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and manufacturer SMEC.
Armed with cameras and sensors, it can recognize behavior such as violence and suicide and alert human guards.
"As we're almost done with creating its key operating system, we are now working on refining its details to make it look more friendly to inmates," Yonhap quoted AFC Chairman Lee Baik-Chul of Kyonggi University as saying.
"That's a concern. But the robots are not Terminators. Their job is not cracking down on violent prisoners. They are helpers. When an inmate is in a life-threatening situation or seriously ill, he or she can reach out for help quickly."
With its upcoming robot theme park, robot teachers, and robot machine guns, Korea is beginning to rival Japan as a robot powerhouse.

More Info at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57331618-1/dont-try-bribing-these-robot-prison-guards/?tag=mncol

25 comments:

  1. we need robots to do the dirty job :D

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  2. mmm robots, not bad

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  3. We all need robots for something! :)

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  4. I hope this project justify the costs

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  5. ahahahah
    I'll see if you buy one! :)

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  6. heheheh, I hope the prisoners do not steal the robots... :)

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  7. good, hopefully they can end the war on drugs now.

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  8. hmm well for surveilance purposes i guess its ok, that way u can have psycologysts or expert peopel "on the field" withotu beeing on the field and facing danger of inmates.. mmnh a bit costly and maybe inmates decide to rape it :c

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  9. cool!!!
    the next evolution is RoboCop =D

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  10. This is vert good product, like say xenofonte, does it will be next robocop :)

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  11. Attempt escape -> be disintegrated, lol

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  12. Wow! Thats actually really cool!

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  13. Oh, I hate robots! =G
    They´re so... metalic.

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  14. Looks cool :) damn time is going fast

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  15. ahaha awesome! xD

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  16. this is pretty sweet. good post!

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