A few days ago in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the world's first operational #Robot police officer made its debut. It did so at the Fourth Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference in #dubai. The robot, who is being called "#Robocop," greeted guests at the event. This one robot represents just the latest advancement that will one day lead to robots becoming the future of crime fighting.

More information on "Robocop"

"Robocop" is around 70 inches (5.83 feet) tall and weighs almost 220 pounds. Its main feature is an emotion detector, which is why its goal at the Dubai conference was to seek and engage with residents and tourists alike.

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This emotion detector allows the robot to recognize human gestures and body language from almost five feet away. "Robocop" is also emotionally intelligent, as it can detect the mood that a person is in by reading their facial expression. It can tell if a person is sad, happy or angry. If "Robocop" identifies that a person is in a bad mood, it will try to make them feel better.

How "Robocop" fights crime

When it comes to fighting crime, "Robocop" uses artificial intelligence, smart technology, and the internet of things to spot criminals using its facial recognition abilities. The internet of things refers to the inter-networking of any "smart devices" that collect and exchange data. The robot also comes equipped with its own built-in tablet and navigation skills that allow it to map out areas and travel independently.

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It can also respond to questions from the public and speak in six different languages, which enables it to help tourists.

Robots are the future of crime fighting

Companies like Silicon Valley's Knightscope Inc. are already creating robots that they hope can one day completely replace security guards in malls, shopping centers, and other locations. With technology like biometric identification, facial recognition technology, and even nanotechnology advancing, one day robots will be able to identify criminals and collect evidence much faster than any human could.

Already, drones are being used to help police officers collect evidence at crime scenes and get vantage points that humans could not access on their own. It is not too far-fetched to think that one day these drones will one day be able to pilot themselves to survey high crime areas or even identify possible crime scenes before they are found.