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Stranger Than Fiction

Robot policemen patrolling streets of Singapore

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 2:18 PMBANG Bizarre, A Digital Integration & Marketing production

The cyborgs — named Xavier — are equipped with seven cameras that allow them to detect "undesirable social behaviour" and groups who are violating the nation's strict social distancing rules.

The robocops have been met with suspicion from some of the population, as they fear that Singapore is sliding into a "dystopian" future.

Local resident Frannie Teo said: "It reminds me of Robocop.

"It brings to mind a dystopian world of robots ... . I'm just a bit hesitant about that kind of concept."

Digital rights activist Lee Yi Ting added: "It's dystopian because of the extent to which we are visibly surveilled. But I think that what's more dystopian for me is that it is normalised, and that people are not responding much to this at all."

 

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