A Chinese Developed Robot That Will Try And Keep Your Neighbourhood Safe
Global terrorism is an ever increasing concern. Most countries have experienced rising levels of violence, bombings, knife attacks, robberies, and gun threats. Densely populated Chinese cities are especially struggling with these problems, and the government has been working on what they believe is the solution.
“AnBot,” a robot security officer who can sniff out bombs and other weapons, grab suspects, and issue blasts of electricity, has been created by military researchers at the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha.
The robots can potentially be found patrolling public areas such as schools, banks, hospitals, and airports and can work nonstop for around eight hours reaching speeds of 18k/h. The “AnBot” will be equipped with face recognition software and will have the ability to store faces and recognize threats. If the price is affordable, under $3,000 to $4,000, it is expected to sell big.
Over the years in potentially threatening situations, such as large riots, many of the officers involved were found to have experienced trauma and to have suffered long-lasting effects, depression, sleep disorders, and emotional instabilities. A big positive of the “AnBot” robot is that they will not experience these psychological effects. They do not get tired and do not feel fear or pain.
While billed as the “first intelligent security robot,” Anbot will not be a replacement for human police anytime soon. In addition to the obvious need for human policemen to chase after any criminals able to walk up stairs, Anbot’s limitations also include human social and emotional intelligence, apprehending suspects (as opposed to knocking them down), and like all robotic platforms, vulnerability to cyber intrusions.
However, with its need for minimal human supervision, autonomous response, ability to find persons of interest and collect audiovisual information, and its electrical weaponry, Anbot will be a potential force multiplier for any interested police departments
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