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A Robot Cop? That Sounds Familiar...

"What are you doing tonight?"

Robots are already taking our food orders, and soon robots will be delivering them. And now the machines are getting set to deliver something else: Justice!

CBS LA:

The Huntington Park City Council Tuesday got its first look at the newest member of the city’s police force — a robot.

HP RoboCop will be used to keep an electronic eye on public areas when human police officers are not around.

The robot is designed for outside use and comes equipped with 360-degree high-definition cameras that can feed live video to the department and also record footage for subsequent viewing.

Sounds like he’s more of a RoboSnitch, really. He also comes preprogrammed with various phrases like, “Excuse me,” “Good day to you,” and “Please put down your weapon, you have 20 seconds to comply.”

Here’s a look at the “HP RoboCop” in action. WARNING: Crime-fighting in progress!

Okay, so Peter Weller he’s not. But do you see any criminals around? That means it’s working. #ClankLivesMatter!

He might look like a giant salt shaker on wheels, but when it comes to police work… um… Well anyway, the little fella even has his own Twitter account:

Sure, he’s all peppy and cheerful now. But check in on him after a year on the street, and on the Internet. I’m not sure which one will age him faster.

In other robot news, now we’re teaching them how to draw and paint for some reason:

“The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy…”

It’s sort of weird to watch robots taking over all these jobs, but soon it’ll be just like everything else. Boring.

Let’s just hope that when robots finally take over the NFL, they have knees so they can protest the brutality of the robot cops during the Robot National Anthem.

(Hat tip: Ed Driscoll)