Dubai – fully autonomous and intelligent robots, “Robocops” are expected to begin patrolling the streets of Dubai by 2017.
According to the Chief Information Officer and General Director of the Dubai Police HQ Smart Services Department, Dubai Police will be turning into “robo-cops” in the next few years. The move — that is part of the lead up to Expo 2020 — is aimed at helping the police deal with an ever-increasing populace.
Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi said that in the next two years robots will be used to bolster police forces patrolling malls and other public areas.
“The robots will interact directly with people and tourists,” he said. “They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to the Dubai Police call centres. People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.”
In four or five years, however, Alrazooqi said that Dubai Police will be able to field autonomous robots that require no input from human controllers.
“These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all,” he said. “This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it.”
Alrazooqi said that the robots — part of Dubai’s Smart City Initiative — might provide a way of expanding police coverage to deal with the massive influx of people expected in Dubai for Expo 2020.
“We are aiming to provide these kinds of services as the population is expanding,” he said. “This way we can provide better services without hiring more people.”
Alrazooqi was among the keynote speakers on the first day of the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference that is being held in Dubai from April 26 to 28. It is the region’s only large-scale conference dedicated to cyber security threats and counter measures.
Late last year, Professor Stephen Hawking warned that thinking machines could ‘spell the end of the human race’.
Speaking at event in London, the physicist told the BBC that developments in AI had so far proven to be beneficial to the human race but we should not be complacent about creating intelligence capable of surpassing that of humans.
He said: ‘It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.’
In November, Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind Space-X and Tesla, warned that the risk of ‘something seriously dangerous happening’ as a result of machines with AI could be in as few as five years.
He has previously linked the development of autonomous, thinking machines, to ‘summoning the demon’.
Speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, Musk described artificial intelligence as our ‘biggest existential threat’.
He said: ‘I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with artificial intelligence.
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