See also Telemedicine, AI, and deep learning are revolutionizing healthcare (free PDF) We’ve seen the story too many times before. It all starts with an alleged malfunctioning taillight. It ends with a shooting and, often, an exoneration. And all this from a supposedly routine traffic stop. Reuben Brewer, a senior robotics researcher SRI International, a Silicon Valley-based non-profit, wondered if this might be one of those rare moments when a robot might improve society’s lot. So he created a robotic being called the GoBetween. It slides out from the front of a police vehicle and is the first contact the driver has with the authorities. Instead of a face, this robocop has two cameras, a speake,r and a microphone. It also has a screen on which you can see the human police officer’s face. If you’ve been stopped, you show your license and registration to the camera. Then, if the officer decides to issue you a ticket, it’s printed from the body of the robot. See it now Sphero Bolt at Amazon UBTECH Iron Man at Amazon Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac at Amazon iRobot Roomba 675 at Amazon DJI Spark at Amazon The good intentions pour from this idea. The robocop isn’t going to pull a gun on you. He doesn’t come to you with the possibility of an aggressive, threatening posture. The conversation can remain civil. Both the driver and the officer are given a level of protection. Brewer explained the psychology to The Washington Post: “People are more dangerous… [Read full story]
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