San Francisco Police Proposes Using Robots To Kill Armed Criminals

The idea of ​​using robots for human killing is hotly debated in the United States, as is the use of AI-based autonomous robots for surveillance and patrolling public spaces

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The San Francisco Police Department in the US state of California has made a proposal that plans to equip robots for defusing explosive devices with firearms, to be used in "rare" circumstances to apply lethal force against armed suspects. The new proposal will be discussed next week by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Rules Committee, and will establish limits for the use of military-style weapons by local law enforcement agencies. The conversion of bomb disposal robots into fire support systems would not be a new development: in the United States, some police departments have already equipped robots with "Pan" systems that allow them to detonate rifle bullets; a second and bloodier system for converting robots into lethal platforms consists in equipping them with explosive charges to be detonated in the vicinity of armed and dangerous suspects: this "technique" was used on one occasion in 2016 in Dallas, Texas, and it has since been studied by other police departments in the country.

The idea of ​​using robots to kill humans is hotly debated in the United States, as is the use of AI-based autonomous robots for surveillance and patrolling public spaces. A model of "robot policeman" developed by the Knightscope company at a unit cost of about 70 thousand dollars, for example, is already in service in over 50 specimens in various locations in the United States. In 2017, the robots developed by the company were the protagonists of a controversy in San Francisco, when an association for the protection of animals used them to prevent homeless people from sleeping abroad from its headquarters.

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