Market Cops Turn to Crime-Fighting Robots

An expanding use of artificial intelligence is taking over surveillance practices, but some believe there are limits to what can be achieved.

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Although the focus of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cyberpunk classic, RoboCop, is the eponymous cyborg, the most influential character in the film is actually ED-209. The former is a disruptive element, a cybernetic organism designed to replace humans, while the latter is a “dumb” robot designed to support and augment human processes. Unsurprisingly, it’s the robot that future-Detroit’s cops are keen on, and not the resurrected Officer Murphy—and it’s a concept that is finding support in real-world

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