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Fully intelligent robot police will be on the streets by 2017

(Rob Waugh)  Most people are a little apprehensive about robot policemen – possibly because of that scene in Robocop where the giant droid machine-guns the guy in the office.

But the Dubai police force aim to have fully functioning robo-cops on the beat by 2017.

In layman’s terms, that is REALLY SOON.

Thankfully, the Dubai robo-police will be on the peaceful side, at least to begin with.

Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooq told a security conference in Dubai, ‘The robots will interact directly with people and tourists. They will include an interactive screen and microphone connected to the Dubai Police call centers. People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots.’

A Lamborghini Aventador, a model used by Dubai police, is seen on patrol in Dubai April 12, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: TRANSPORT CRIME LAW SOCIETY) - RTXYJ2O

But they’ll rapidly get more intelligent, the police chief says.

He hopes to have fully AI-driven models on the streets within four to five years.

These will be fully intelligent robots that can interact with people, with no human intervention at all. This is still under research and development, but we are planning on it,’ he said.

Just for reference, here is Robocop’s prediction of ‘the future of law enforcement’.