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Autonomous robots can help photography and investigative investigations of non-emergency crime scenes or record small traffic offenses that do not require an officer to be present.
FREMONT, CA: Increased use of autonomous technology by law enforcement authorities in the U.S. range from the police utilizing aerial cars unmanned to hunt suspects to using dog robots in response to a home intrusion.
While drones and robotic technology have been implemented for years in the police department, the ever-developing autonomy of these technologies–instruments that can react and decide on conditions without the direction of an operator–is a source of reflection, if not of fear. At a period of widespread racial prejudice, an investigation of misuse of force, and low officer morality and retention, the difficulties are far more serious than any technological solution can solve alone. For the creation of autonomous technologies, responsible innovation must be created, taking systems over products into account, gaining public confidence, and built for the correct application.
Design for Public Trust
The link between the enforcement authorities and the people they are pledged to protect is still complicated in many areas. The context and perspective of persons affected by their products and the short and long-term effects of their use must be recognized by technology businesses building self-employed law enforcement technology.
Design for the Right Use Cases
Autonomous law enforcement technology should reflect the current everyday needs of law enforcement officials. For all cases, one product cannot be a panacea. When someone creates scenarios and results for specific uses, they can exploit the advantages of autonomous technology while reducing some unfavorable repercussions. In this way, for example, 911 calls might be investigated quickly, and the sort of reaction could be determined, potentially leading to professional mental health rather than armed officers. Autonomous robots can help photography and investigative investigations of non-emergency crime scenes or record small traffic offenses that do not require an officer to be present.
Finally, the ability of autonomous technology to recall the law, grasp its context, exhibit empathy, and exercise decision-making lacks crucial human traits. One must do all to create things with intent in the absence of these skills. Designers may help foster community talks, include product stakeholders and help to identify a community's results and objectives so that the best of technology can be utilized without causing unintentional harm.