Police Departments Varying in Use of Robots

Published by , November 14, 2016 1:38 am

(CNN)  In the first six months of 2016, 201 robots were transferred from the US military to police forces around the country, according to a study by Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone. That’s more than any other year on record, and doesn’t even account for the number of robots acquired by police straight from manufacturers. But there is a downside: The question of when, where and how to use lethal force is just as thorny and sensitive when it’s a robot carrying out the act as when it’s a human — if not more so.
Police robots aren’t specifically designed to deliver lethal force. Dan Gettinger, co-director of Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone, says robots vary in size and price and are mostly used for two things: gathering intel and bomb disposal.

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