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Police Drone "Air Robot" Leads to Arrest in UK

Police Drone "Air Robot" Leads to Arrest in UK

As noted elsewhere on Future Crimes, it is just a matter of time before the widespread adoption of aerial drones becomes absolutely commonplace in law enforcement.  While police have been experimenting with these devices for sometime, the below case may be the first time an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been directly credited with an...
Hacked Battlefield Robots?

Hacked Battlefield Robots?

Much ado has been made recently about the  “hacked” predator drones used by the US military in Iraq.  Now comes word from the Boston Globe that such a threat could potentially affect thousands of Talon Robots used by the US in their Iraq/Afghanistan operations.  While there have been no publicly reported confirmed cases of a...
Police-Robot Shot in the Line of Duty

Police-Robot Shot in the Line of Duty

As more and more law enforcement agencies bring police robots into service, it was bound to happen.  As the Florida case notes below, a police robot was shot “in the line of duty.”  The good news is that no deputies were injured and the robot, whose video camera was shot and destroyed, took the brunt...
Armed Gunman Surrenders to Police Robot

Armed Gunman Surrenders to Police Robot

Hostaging-Taking Gunman Surrenders to Police Robot Wheelchair gunman surrenders to police robot Ed Harris, London Evening Standard 24.12.09 A gunman in a wheelchair surrenders after a day-long hostage drama at a US post office. Warren Taylor, who had reportedly entered the building pushing the chair while claiming to be carrying explosives, gave himself up and released...
Armed Robots: Coming soon to a gang member/criminal near you...

Armed Robots: Coming soon to a gang member/criminal near you…

Armed Battle Field Robot: Photo courtesy QinetiQ. The Maars system robot (left) can be equipped with four grenade launchers and a machine gun that packs 400 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition. Increasingly robots are being used in warfare and many new efforts have been undertaken in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere to try to limit human...
Top cop predicts robot crimewave

Top cop predicts robot crimewave

But he identified the use of robotics and cloning as future challenges. "Our environmental scanning tells us that even with some of the cloning of human beings - not necessarily in Australia but in those countries that are going to allow it - you could have potentially a cloned part-person, part-robot," he said.
Robotic Crime: How might the greater use of robots in society affect policing and criminality? Who will take advantage of the upcoming robotics revolution first, criminals or cops?

Robotic Crime: How might the greater use of robots in society affect policing and criminality? Who will take advantage of the upcoming robotics revolution first, criminals or cops?

What happens when computer viruses attack the common house hold robot that will surely be coming in the near future?
Police Robots to Patrol UK Streets

Police Robots to Patrol UK Streets

It is just a matter of time… We’ve been treated to a glimpse into the future of robotics from AI Professor Noel Sharkey from Sheffield University, after two months of research looking at trends and the evolution of robotics around the world the botboffin offers some bleak reading for criminals. At the core of his...
Sarge:  Why do I have to work with the Robot?

Sarge: Why do I have to work with the Robot?

By Noah Shactman, Wired Magazine, August 16, 2007 Armed robots — similar to the ones now on patrol in Iraq — are being marketed to domestic police forces, according to the machines’ manufacturer and law enforcement officers.  None of the gun-toting ‘bots appear to have been deployed domestically,  yet.  Both cops and company officials say...