Robotic police dogs: Useful hounds or dehumanizing machines?
By Matt OBrien and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher Associated Press
Aug. 2, 2021
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ASSOCIATED PRESS / MAY 14
Honolulu Police acting Lt. Joseph O’Neal demonstrates a robotic dog in Honolulu. Police officials experimenting with the four-legged machines say they’re just another tool, like drones or simpler wheeled robots, to keep emergency responders out of harm’s way.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
Honolulu Police officer Alan Ibrao controlled the department’s new SPOT robot May 14.
JAMM AQUINO / MAY 11
The Honolulu Police Department’s new Spot robot is designed and manufactured by Boston Dynamics and was purchased with CARES Act money in 2020 for outreach and community care use, including providing medical care and temperature-taking.