Spot, a four-legged robot is reminding park visitors to keep a safe distance from one another in Singapore. Starting today, it will patrol the city’s Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, broadcasting prerecorded messages “to remind park visitors to observe safe distancing measures.”
The robot is fitted with cameras that will be used to estimate the number of visitors, but Singapore’s National Parks Board says it won’t collect personal data or use the video to identify individuals. Spot has built-in sensors to stop collisions.
Despite what the board assures, the robot has since gone viral, by drawing comparisons to Netflix’s series “black mirror”, specifically to the episode called “metal head”, in said episode the protagonist is seen running away from similar robotic dogs after the collapse of human society; the robot is also raising criticisms on the use of innovation for civil surveillance.
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