Robot Prison Guard From South Korea

This stalwart robot prison guard will be tested next March (2012) at a jail in the city of Pohang, which is southeast of Seoul, South Korea.


(Robot Prison Guard From South Korea)

ďUnlike CCTV that just monitors cells through screens, the robots are programmed to analyze various activities of those in prison and identify abnormal behavior,Ē Prof. Lee Baik-chul of Kyonggi University, who is in charge of the 1 billion-won ($863,000) project, told the [Wall Street] Journal.

Philip K. Dick introduced many of us to the idea of a guard robot in his 1955 story The Hood Maker:

"Halt!" A robot guard appeared, streaking toward them across the field. "Identify yourselves!"

Franklin showed his clip. "I'm Director level. We're here to see the Senator. I'm an old friend."

Automatic relays clicked as the robot studied the identification clip.
(Read more about Dick's guard robot)

The South Korean prison guards will patrol corridors, checking for unusual activity. And the inmates? what do they think, Prof. Lee Baik-chul?

ďThatís a concern. But the robots are not terminators. Their job is not cracking down on violent prisoners. They are helpers..."

From WSJ.

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