China Turns to Robotic Policing
They’re searching for major malfunctions. Relying on artificial intelligence, big data and stun gun-wielding robots, Beijing is increasingly automating its security. Currently most of the programs — including ranks of armless robots with facial recognition software roaming train stations — are in pilot phases, but they’re expected to eventually be fully deployed to help police the country’s 1.3 billion citizens. And although the technology could fill key gaps in China’s public security infrastructure, critics are concerned about its potential for human rights abuses.