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Robocops in jail
The Korean government is testing robots that will act as security guards in correctional facilities. The robots’ duties include general video surveillance and to warn staff in case inmates attempt suicide.
Why it matters
Introducing robots into the security sector will cut down costs and the risk of violence for jail staff. Leading mechatronic (robot building) brands seem to have a promising future, yet the question is how to cope with consumers justified fear of such ‘products’. Will a friendly robot design and PR campaign be enough?
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