A police robot has been deployed on the streets of Tunisia to make sure residents are following lockdown rules to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Known as PGuard, the so-called 'robocop' was deployed by Tunisia's interior ministry across the capital city of Tunis and is operated remotely.
It is equipped with four full HD infrared cameras, a 360-degree thermal camera, a GPS and a laser telemetry system and can run for up to eight hours.
I don't know about you guys, but this seems like the perfect recipe for a robot overtaking to me. It always starts off as a good idea but then quickly devolves into world domination. Leaving everyone wondering "what happened?" as their families are ripped limb from limb by a fleet of former police robots. I'm sure those 360-degree thermal cameras will prove to be useful then. It's a good thing they have a life cycle of 8 hours because if one of these bad boys decided to turn against the humans after they develop a brain of sorts, they'd just tucker out. It'd be eight hours of chaos, undoubtedly.
PGuard calls out to suspected violators of the lockdown: 'What are you doing? Show me your ID. You don't know there's a lockdown?'
As you saw in the video above, these robots just roll right up to people and interrogate them in the streets right away. For something that is meant to be strict and keep people in their homes, these guys seem a little lenient. When the guy in the video said he was out to get cigarettes.
I thought for sure we were gonna see this bot shoot him with a laser beam of sorts, subsequently evaporating him. Nope, just go about your day in a quick manner and you're all good. What's the point of having robot cops to keep people inside if people are just roaming around willy-nilly buying things like cigarettes?
My biggest question is what's stopping someone from running away? Is this thing actually strapped or can I get away with relative ease? It's not like they can slap the cuffs on you. I guess it kind of remains to be seen but I wouldn't want to be the first one to test it. I don't see anything that says these robots aren't armed so I'd rather be safe than sorry. It's all fun and games until you're getting shot in the back by fucking robocop.
At the end of the day, they're just trying to make people safe. There wouldn't even be a need for these little cocksuckers if everyone would just stay the fuck inside. Sure, some people still have to go out for work in these trying times but people like that first guy whos just going out to get cigarettes are the reason police have to take such measures.
Maybe one day this will all end, it doesn't seem like it right now but maybe someday.