"Expect to see more armed robots on American streets."

Declining cost will mean more armed robots for police


Tue, Jul 12th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the Dallas shooter killed by a robot, and their cost declining, a future featuring armed police robots through the streets of America should come to no surprise. However, with public loss of trust in the police and the way law enforcement handles itself, some are worried that this many mean police will use them to forcefully ensure compliance.

Bielat believes that incidents like the one in Dallas, in which police used a Northrop Grumman Remotec Andros F5 to carry explosives close enough to a gunman to kill him, won’t become “a common occurrence,” in part because the Andros F5, like his company’s own celebrated PackBot, cost upwards of $100,000 apiece. But he also believes that military-grade robots are on the cusp of getting a lot cheaper and more capable, due to decreases in the cost of processing power, advances in 3D printing, and other factors.



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