A prison in South Korea is testing the world’s first robot prison guard. Equipped with 3-D cameras and software designed to gauge a prisoner’s emotional state, the robot might soon replace human guards to keep prisons safe.
Lee Baik-Chul, Chairman of the Asian Forum for Correction, explains how the robot works:
“By using the 3-D depth camera, it will detect every detail of action happening inside through a window. So when there’s an unusual behavior, it’s going to analyze it and report the problem to the control system. Therefore, correctional officers will arrive at the scene in time.”
Designers say the next step is to program the robot to conduct body searches… although they admit it’s a step that probably won’t come for some time.