In the face of the outcry, the New York police will stop using their robot dog

Last year the New York police were full of praise for their robot dog, which would patrol the city streets. “It will save lives, protect people and protect civil servants, that is our goal,” affirmed the police. In light of the outcry over the initiative, the NYPD finally decided to put an end to it. At the same time, he canceled his $ 94,000 contract with Boston Dynamics.

The decision was not necessarily made with a good heart. Commissioner John Miller, quoted by the New York Times, says this machine, nicknamed Digidog, was “the victim of politics, bad information and very low-level controversy.”

The French army used robot dogs for exercises

As The Verge recalls, this robot has been deployed half a dozen times since its inception and has been used to film environments that have been deemed potentially hostile. It was therefore a test phase to see whether it could later be of use to the police and, in particular, to the counter-terrorism services.

Call everyone who has fought community lawyers who have claimed these resources and instead invest in investments like school counseling.

Ground drones are now being used for robot monitoring to test monochrome color communities with schools with limited resources 👍🏽 https://t.co/ZqKtnexctb

– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2021

Nevertheless, this project was lived very poorly on site. The New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, sat at the board in a thread on Twitter last February. She attacked: “Now robotic surveillance drones are being used for testing in low-income paint communities whose schools are underfunded.” The Democrat criticized there unnecessary spending to track down the population groups in the greatest difficulties of the city, instead of investing in the education system.

Our colleagues also note that this robot dog, previously used primarily in a trade and industry registry, is of increasing interest in law enforcement. In France, the army recently targeted this machine. In detail, an applied research exercise was conducted by students at Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Military School who relied on the assistance of Boston Dynamics robot dogs. The latter served mainly as scouts and shields during these maneuvers.

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