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A New York Lawmaker Wants to Ban Police Use of Armed Robots

WIRED

New York City councilmember Ben Kallos says he "watched in horror" last month when city police responded to a hostage situation in the Bronx using Boston Dynamics' Digidog, a remotely operated robotic dog equipped with surveillance cameras. Pictures of the Digidog went viral on Twitter, in part due to their uncanny resemblance with world-ending machines in the Netflix sci-fi series Black Mirror. Now Kallos is proposing what may be the nation's first law banning police from owning or operating robots armed with weapons. "I don't think anyone was anticipating that they'd actually be used by the NYPD right now," Kallos says. "I have no problem with using a robot to defuse a bomb, but it has to be the right use of a tool and the right type of circumstance."


A dystopian robo-dog now patrols New York City. That's the last thing we need

#artificialintelligence

The New York police department has acquired a robotic police dog, known as Digidog, and has deployed it on the streets of Brooklyn, Queens and, most recently, the Bronx. At a time that activists in New York, and beyond, are calling for the defunding of police departments – for the sake of funding more vital services that address the root causes of crime and poverty – the NYPD's decision to pour money into a robot dog seems tone-deaf if not an outright provocation. As Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, put it on Twitter: "Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead. Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with underresourced schools." There is more than enough evidence that law enforcement is lethally racially biased, and adding an intimidating non-human layer to it seems cruel.


AOC criticizes NYPD's new robot dog

FOX News

FOX News contributor Miranda Devine and OutKick founder Clay Travis weigh in on'Fox News @ Night.' Democrat firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed that the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) new robot dog is "being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools." On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez -- a member of the left-wing "Squad" -- blasted the NYPD's new "Digidog" on Twitter two days after the cyber hound was filmed responding to a break-in and barricade situation in the Bronx. "Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead," the congresswoman wrote on Twitter, linking to a story about the robo-dog. "Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools," she added. "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?" she added in a second tweet.


Video shows NYPD's new robotic dog in action in the Bronx

#artificialintelligence

The NYPD deployed its new robotic dog to a home invasion crime scene in the Bronx on Tuesday morning, new video shows. Video shows the blue and black, four-legged "Digidog" trotting along the sidewalk, joined by its handlers. A spokeswoman for the NYPD said the 70-pound robot is in its test phase and is equipped with lights and cameras to allows cops to see "its surroundings in real-time." It also comes with two-way communication, the spokewoman added. Cops confirmed responding to that address for an ongoing investigation and finding no one there.


NYPD robo-dog 'Digidog' investigates hostage situation in the Bronx

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Residents in the Bronx, New York stopped dead in their tracks as a four-legged robotic dog trotted down East 227th Street Tuesday. The machine, called Digidog, was accompanying human officers responding to a home invasion and barricade situation. Digidog joined the New York Police Department last year, which changed the machine's yellow color to blue and black and gave it a new name - it was initially named'Spot' by its creators Boston Dynamics. The robotic dog, according to reports, was sent inside a building in the Bronx to climb stairs and investigate an area for a hostage situation – but no one was found. The videographer, Daniel Valls of FreedomNews.tv, said the dog responded to a home invasion and barricaded situation on East 227th Street near White Plains Road in Wakefield. Digidog was designed for emergency situations that would otherwise be too dangerous for human officers.


How U.S. Weapons Ended Up Hitting Hospitals in Yemen

NYT > Middle East

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NYT > Middle East

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FDNY uses drone to help responders fight a 4-alarm blaze

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) employed a drone to assist firefighters in extinguishing a 4-alarm blaze in the Bronx on Monday. Using the drone's cameras, firefighters on the ground were able to get a bird's-eye view of the building and help direct those working to put out the flames on the roof. The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) employed a drone to assist firefighters in extinguishing a 4-alarm blaze in the Bronx on Monday. Using the drone's cameras, firefighters on the ground were able to get a bird's-eye view of the burning building The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) used a drone to assist firefighters in extinguishing a 4-alarm blaze in the Bronx on Monday at 6:20PM. Drone is fitted with a high-def and infrared camera.