Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Robot dog used to enforce coronavirus lockdown in Singapore parks

A ROBOT dog is being used to enforce social distancing across parks in Singapore during the coronavirus lockdown.


The remote-controlled four-legged machine named SPOT politely asks joggers and cyclists to stay apart in the city-state's green spac

The remote-controlled four-legged machine politely asks joggers and cyclists to stay apart

The robot named SPOT is being used to enforce social distancing across parks in Singapore

The yellow and black machine has been enlisted by Singapore authorities to help curb coronavirus infections
The robodog, built by Boston Dynamics and enlisted by Singapore authorities to help curb coronavirus infections, was first deployed in a central park on Friday.

It's part of a two-week trial that could see the robotic contraption join other robots policing Singapore's green spaces during a nationwide lockdown.

"Let's keep Singapore healthy," the yellow and black robodog named SPOT says in English as it roams around.

"For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one metre apart. Thank you," it adds, in a softly-spoken female voice.
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As well as broadcasting messages reminding visitors of social distancing measures, SPOT is fitted with cameras and analytics tools to estimate the number of people congregating in the park.

Authorities said the cameras would not be able to track individuals or record personal data.


Others described the contraption as "frightening" and "creepy".

One of the creepiest and most dystopian things I've seen...


One woman said: "Singapore officially entering 'Black Mirror' era: A robot dog on patrol to ensure people comply with safe distancing rules."

Another man praised the creativity of the idea, saying: "Innovation at its best!"

Breaches of Singapore's strict lockdown rules can result in hefty fines and even jail.

The city-state of 5.7 million people has more than 22,000 cases of coronavirus and 20 reported deaths.

A lockdown is in place until June 1 and dictates that residents can only leave their homes for essential trips like grocery shopping and must wear a mask at all times in public.

Exercise outdoors is permissible but must be done alone.

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