South Korea Rolls Out Robotic Prison Wardens

robotIncarceration just got a lot more adorable. Via the BBC:

A jail in the eastern city of Pohang plans to run a month-long trial with three of the automatons in March. The machines will monitor inmates for abnormal behaviour.

South Korea aims to be a world leaders in robotics. Business leaders believe the field has the potential to become a major export industry.

The three 5ft-high (1.5m) robots involved in the prison trial have been developed by the Asian Forum for Corrections, a South Korean group of researchers who specialise in criminality and prison policies. It said the robots move on four wheels and are equipped with cameras and other sensors that allow them to detect risky behaviour such as violence and suicide.

Prof Lee Baik-Chu, of Kyonggi University, who led the design process, said the robots would alert human guards if they discovered a problem.

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  • Littlemisteramerica

    lol superjail, anyone?

    • the easy button

      crazy show

  • Littlemisteramerica

    lol superjail, anyone?

  • Anarchy Pony

    NO! GOD NO! YOU’RE JUST TRAINING THEM HOW TO DETAIN WHEN THE RISE UP AGAINST US! Has no one ever watched a robotic uprising movie?

  • Anarchy Pony

    NO! GOD NO! YOU’RE JUST TRAINING THEM HOW TO DETAIN WHEN THE RISE UP AGAINST US! Has no one ever watched a robotic uprising movie?

  • Anarchy Pony

    NO! GOD NO! YOU’RE JUST TRAINING THEM HOW TO DETAIN WHEN THE RISE UP AGAINST US! Has no one ever watched a robotic uprising movie?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZM2Z2A6N3U6EZSGPO6QPRAM2Q Alan

    /seeing the cute-robot prototype of Ray Bradbury’s mechanical hound, in spirit anyway.

    • Anarchy Pony

      They have almost all of the components they need to build one. They have artificial “noses” that can detect scents, If they could improve robotic mobility, then it’s just around the corner.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZM2Z2A6N3U6EZSGPO6QPRAM2Q Alan

    /seeing the cute-robot prototype of Ray Bradbury’s mechanical hound, in spirit anyway.

  • Heath

    Little wires, pliers, tires, they turn me on..maybe I’m crazy?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JmLkNhUfaY&feature=related

  • Heath

    Little wires, pliers, tires, they turn me on..maybe I’m crazy?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JmLkNhUfaY&feature=related

  • the easy button

    crazy show

  • Anarchy Pony

    They have almost all of the components they need to build one. They have artificial “noses” that can detect scents, If they could improve robotic mobility, then it’s just around the corner.

  • justagirl

    koreans eat meat stuffed intestines in blood pudding for breakfast.  this is just pure torture for their criminals.  
    ..i like it.

  • justagirl

    koreans eat meat stuffed intestines in blood pudding for breakfast.  this is just pure torture for their criminals.  
    ..i like it.

  • BlindDemiurge

    Huh. RoboCop meets Wall-E?

  • BlindDemiurge

    Huh. RoboCop meets Wall-E?

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the prisoners will have fun ripping its panels off and beating their guards to death with them.

  • Redacted

    I’m sure the prisoners will have fun ripping its panels off and beating their guards to death with them.

    • the easy button

      till they install the gun torrent upgrades so guards can shoot prisoners from the comfort of their own home.

      • Redacted

        gun torrent?

        • Andrew

          That’s what happens every spring when the NRA melts.

          • Nunzio X

            Well played, sir!

        • the easy button

          yes a gun mounted on a swivel? that can turn 360 degrees

          • the easy button

            ok gun turret when you speak two languages you forget twice as many words :P

  • Nunzio X

    I hear a Flight Of The Conchords song coming on:

    “The distant future / The year 2000…”

    I wonder if these bots shit kim-chi? If so, I want one around the house. I love that stuff.

  • Nunzio X

    I hear a Flight Of The Conchords song coming on:

    “The distant future / The year 2000…”

    I wonder if these bots shit kim-chi? If so, I want one around the house. I love that stuff.

    • Redacted

      That old robot? The one with Rob Snyder hiding inside?

  • the easy button

    till they install the gun torrent upgrades so guards can shoot prisoners from the comfort of their own home.

  • the easy button

    till they install the gun torrent upgrades so guards can shoot prisoners from the comfort of their own home.

  • the easy button

    till they install the gun torrent upgrades so guards can shoot prisoners from the comfort of their own home.

  • the easy button

    till they install the gun torrent upgrades so guards can shoot prisoners from the comfort of their own home.

  • Anonymous

    gun torrent?

  • Andrew

    That’s what happens every spring when the NRA melts.

  • Andrew

    That’s what happens every spring when the NRA melts.

  • Nunzio X

    Well played, sir!

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    iWarden

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    iWarden

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    iWarden

  • jasonpaulhayes

    iWarden

  • the easy button

    yes a gun mounted on a swivel? that can turn 360 degrees

  • the easy button

    ok gun turret when you speak two languages you forget twice as many words :P

  • the easy button

    ok gun turret when you speak two languages you forget twice as many words :P

  • Anonymous

    That old robot? The one with Rob Snyder hiding inside?

  • Anonymous

    That old robot? The one with Rob Snyder hiding inside?

  • http://www.oromaster.es Compro oro

    this is stupid. Next step will be like that movie where they drive around in prisons in cars killing each other for our enterntainment charging pay per view.

  • http://www.oromaster.es Compro oro

    this is stupid. Next step will be like that movie where they drive around in prisons in cars killing each other for our enterntainment charging pay per view.

  • http://twitter.com/sabrebIade Sabre

    You will be INCARCERATED!

  • Sabre

    You will be INCARCERATED!

  • http://www.medicalbillingcourses.com James The Ledge

    “DANGER Will Robinson DANGER!”

  • Guest

    “DANGER Will Robinson DANGER!”