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.

51 Comments on "South Korea Rolls Out Robotic Prison Wardens"

  1. Littlemisteramerica | Nov 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm |

    lol superjail, anyone?

  2. Littlemisteramerica | Nov 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm |

    lol superjail, anyone?

  3. Anarchy Pony | Nov 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm |

    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?

  4. Anarchy Pony | Nov 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm |

    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?

  5. Anarchy Pony | Nov 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm |

    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?

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

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

    • Anarchy Pony | Nov 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm |

      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.

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

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

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

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

  10. the easy button | Nov 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm |

    crazy show

  11. Anarchy Pony | Nov 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm |

    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.

  12. justagirl | Nov 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm |

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

  13. justagirl | Nov 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm |

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

  14. BlindDemiurge | Nov 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm |

    Huh. RoboCop meets Wall-E?

  15. BlindDemiurge | Nov 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm |

    Huh. RoboCop meets Wall-E?

  16. Anonymous | Nov 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm |

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. the easy button | Nov 30, 2011 at 1:24 am |

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

  21. the easy button | Nov 30, 2011 at 1:24 am |

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

  22. the easy button | Nov 30, 2011 at 1:24 am |

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

  23. the easy button | Nov 30, 2011 at 1:24 am |

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

  24. Anonymous | Nov 30, 2011 at 1:38 am |

    gun torrent?

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

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

  27. Well played, sir!

  28. jasonpaulhayes | Nov 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm |

    iWarden

  29. the easy button | Nov 30, 2011 at 2:32 am |

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

  30. the easy button | Nov 30, 2011 at 2:43 am |

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

  31. the easy button | Nov 30, 2011 at 2:43 am |

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

  32. Anonymous | Nov 30, 2011 at 3:34 am |

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

  33. Anonymous | Nov 30, 2011 at 3:34 am |

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. You will be INCARCERATED!

  37. You will be INCARCERATED!

  38. “DANGER Will Robinson DANGER!”

  39. “DANGER Will Robinson DANGER!”

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