NYPD Ditches Robot Police Dog After Backlash [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports:

The NYPD’s robot dog has been hounded out of service. The police department will return Digidog to robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics after months of backlash and mockery that compared the four-legged bot to a dystopian sci-fi surveillance nightmare.

John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, confirmed Wednesday the NYPD had cancelled its contract with Boston Dynamics, and pushed back against criticism of the AI tool.

City Councilman Ben Kallos and others compared the robot to an episode of the TV series “Black Mirror” featuring a killer robot dog.

Read the full article. The backlash began in earnest after a citizen filmed the robot being used during an arrest at a public housing tower.