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Robocop in Dubai Is High-Tech Addition to Police Force

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Visitors look at an operational robot policeman at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2017. (Stringer/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 25 May 2017 01:33 PM

A Robocop is now officially on duty in Dubai, assisting police and helping to protect and serve its citizens.

The "full-size humanoid service robot" started working for Dubai Police on Tuesday, according to Fox News.

This comes after the bot was revealed at the Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference.

The Robocop is about 5 feet tall and 220 pounds in weight. It also has a touchscreen feature on its torso, which can be used to make police reports.

"With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe, and improve happiness levels," a spokesman for Dubai Police said, according to Fox News.

This Robocop is the first of many that will be joining Dubai's police force.

According to the HuffPost, Dubai wants 25 percent of its police force to be robots by 2030.

"We are looking to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won't require human employees," said Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, director-general of Smart Services at Dubai Police, according to HuffPost.

Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England, is not a fan of the Robocop, according to CNN.

"There are big ethical problems," Winfield told CNN. "If you're asking a robot to apprehend criminals, how can you be sure that the robot would not injure people?"

"Of course, when humans make mistakes they are held to account," Winfield said. "The problem is that you can't make a machine responsible for its mistakes. … How do you punish it? How do you sanction it? You can't."

Here's what Twitter users think of the Robocop.

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