(NaturalNews) The late 1980s sci-fi flickRoboCop featured a half-man, half-robotic creature that was deployed to the mean, decaying streets of Detroit in a bid to replace human police officers (and save money).
In an early scene, a full robot was being demonstrated by its corporate developers, but wound up short-circuiting and blowing away one of the executives when it malfunctioned. The fix? Just tweak some software programming and that would do it.
The thought of robotic police officers patrolling the streets of America did not vanish with the fading popularity of the RoboCop movie series, however. In fact, that concept is alive and well today, and its development is moving forward.
Meet “TeleBot,” created by researchers from Florida International University (FIU) “to help disabled officers and veterans return to the field,” the Miami New Times (MNT) reported.
Built by FIU’s Discovery Lab, the university claims that TeleBot will be the first “functional, mobile… and interactive” robot that could be patrolling the streets of Miami in less than two years. (Click to Article)