Dec 22, 2011


Robot guards are coming to a South Korean jail next spring, according to the Yonhap news agency. The guards are 5 feet tall and equipped with four wheels, a friendly face and who knows what sorts of pain rays and other implements. They are designed to look friendly to inmates, according to the designers.

The machines will monitor inmates for abnormal behavior, according to the BBC. They'll be able to detect prisoner violence and even notice attempts at suicide, which researchers say will help reduce human guards' workload. The robots will mostly work at night, patrolling correctional facilities and helping prisoners connect with officers, according to Yonhap. They come equipped with a "remote conversation function," via the cameras mounted on their torsos.

Three prototype guard ‘bots will spend a month in a jail in the city of Pohang. The Asian Forum for Corrections, a South Korean research group, developed the robots in concert with Kyonggi University. The project will cost about $864,000.

Robots are already a mainstay in factories, surgical bays and disaster areas, so it's reasonable to see them in prisons, too. But what happens when the prisoners take them over? 



  1. Ah ha, I like this one and so will the folks who usually walk the graveyard shift....


  2. From what I hear there are some many bright people in prison with nothing better to do. :)

  3. Wow! There is a commercial where robots are caregivers in a daycare. That's what this reminds me of. lol

  4. This could really mess with somebody's head if they were in the psych ward.

  5. Inevitable that this will happen. I'm not sure how I feel about the technology being deployed at a time when we are losing connection to each other and the world around us. With every development comes an opportunity for growth and change, so maybe in the end this will help us find ourselves and each other.


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