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NYPD Dog Robot Called Out As Sfnal

The NYPD is trying out Spot, the robot dog from Boston Dynamics.

Since October, the NYPD has dispatched the robot to a handful of crime scenes and hostage situations, raising fears of unwanted surveillance and questions about the department's use of public dollars. The mobile dog, which comes equipped with automated sensors, lights, and cameras capable of collecting "limitless data," is sold at a starting price of $74,000.

"Right now it seems to be a fancy toy in search of an actual use case," Albert Fox Cahn, the founder of the advocacy group Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP), told Gothamist. "It's really alarming to see them roll out these props from a bad Black Mirror episode without any real public safety justification."

Here's the most recent version - Spot Arm From Boston Dynamics Picks Up Like Heinlein's Hired Girl Robot.

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