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RoboCops in San Francisco?

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There is a saying that extreme circumstances demand extreme measures. In law enforcement, it can mean using technology-powered devices, such as robots, to fight serious crimes. In fact, in July 2016, the Dallas Police Department employed a robot to end a homicide case that otherwise would have resulted in more deaths of police officers. The belief that tech can play a significant role in ensuring more safety for officers and the general public, has been recommended by the San Francisco Police Department.

Their proposal was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on November 29 with an 8-3 vote. Then, on December 6, the Board reversed course and has now banned the use of robots for deadly force in the SFPD. This is a perfect example of having a seat at the table, a voice when tech is being asserted in our lives.

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