Incident 98: N.Y.P.D. Robot Dog’s Run Is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

Description: The New York Police Department canceled a contract to use Boston Dynamics' robotic dog Spot following public backlash.


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Alleged: Boston Dynamics developed an AI system deployed by New York City Police Department, which harmed New York City low-income communities.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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law enforcement

N.Y.P.D. Robot Dog’s Run Is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash · 2021

The Police Department will return the device earlier than planned after critics seized on it as a dystopian example of overly aggressive policing.

When the Police Department acquired a robotic dog last year, officials heralded the four-legg…


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