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Clip Of New York City Police Department’s Robo-Dog Is Creeping People Out

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Clip Of New York City Police Department’s Robo-Dog Is Creeping People Out

The New York City Police Department's robo-dog is causing a stir after footage of it was shared online.

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A clip shared online shows a man in handcuffs being lead out of a building by police, shortly followed by some more cops and the Digidog, which looks like something straight out of an episode of Black Mirror.

The person filming the clip can be heard to say: "I've never seen nothing like this before in my life."

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The footage has since gone viral, with social media users feeling pretty creeped out by the robotic pooch.

One person wrote: "This is very unsettling for me. Why does it look like that?"

Another said: "We need to begin forming legislature BANNING the use of MILITARIZED AI.

"This is seriously terrifying, and I don't want to live in an episode of Black Mirror."

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A third said: "Imagine the world 10 years from now if we already have this s***. We're so f*****, robots are going to destroy us."

Another commented: "Can we just - can we not do this right now. Who in their right mind thought this would be a good idea just fresh out of 2020 like this."

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Others were reeling over the $74,000 (£53,000) price tag of the Digiog, which is made by Boston Dynamics, and suggested the cash could have been better used elsewhere.

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According to a report in The New York Times, the robot has cameras and lights on its frame as well as a two-way communication system that allows the officer controlling it to see and hear what's going on.

Police say the robots can be used to scope out a dark area to assess how safe it is for officers to enter.

In a post on Twitter, the NYPD said: "The NYPD has been using robots since the 1970s to save lives in hostage situations & hazmat incidents. This model of robot is being tested to evaluate its capabilities against other models in use by our Emergency Service Unit and Bomb Squad."

But not everyone is a fan, and some critics have raised privacy concerns about the robots.

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Credit: Boston Dynamics
Credit: Boston Dynamics

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tweeted about the Digidog back in February, writing: "Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counselling instead.

"Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of colour with under-resourced schools.

"Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this?"

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Viral, US News, Weird

Claire Reid
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