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Robotcop III Set to Fight Crime in Hong Kong

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the forget-jackie-chan dept.

Technology 215

Roland Piquepaille writes "There is a new cop patrolling the streets of Hong Kong and teaching children how to prevent crime. But it's a robot named Robotcop III, designed and built in Hong Kong, according to Channel Newsasia. Robotcop III can walk, dance, move in any direction, display videos and answer questions asked in Cantonese and English. The previous versions of Robotcops, introduced in 1988 and 1995, were imported from the U.S. and taught 800,000 school children how to fight crime. The promoters of Robotcop III hope it will do even better. More details and references are available in this overview including a photo of Robotcop III patrolling on Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) campus."

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Woohoo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8529982)

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sacred jihad (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8529983)

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Re:sacred jihad (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530048)

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Re:sacred jihad [VLAGGOT! VLAGGOT! VLAGGOT!] (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530056)

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Can it navigate stairs (4, Funny)

Eric Smith (4379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8529984)

better than ED-209?

And hopefully they haven't programmed it with hundreds of conflicting directives.

Re:Can it navigate stairs (5, Funny)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530058)

But, can it eat doughnuts, drink coffee, and racially profile people, that's the real question!

Re:Can it navigate stairs (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530066)

can it ... racially profile people

They are all Chinese. They're all suspect!

Re:Can it navigate stairs (1)

Mal-2 (675116) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530087)

Is it here to protect you?
Is it here to push grandma down the stairs [jonathonrobinson.com] ?

Mal-2

Original inspiration (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530210)

You can't mention the pusher robot or shover robot without giving credit to Lowtax [somethingawful.com] and his original ICQ prank [somethingawful.com] that started the whole thing.


Re:Can it navigate stairs (-1, Redundant)

unknown_host (757538) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530277)

Pak Chooie Unf

Xiong meng de kuang ren (4, Funny)

rune-bare-rune (74864) | more than 10 years ago | (#8529985)

No, that's not it.
What is cantonese for "Your move, creep", again?

Rune -- Change is good, you go first

I want one (4, Funny)

BillsPetMonkey (654200) | more than 10 years ago | (#8529987)

dance, move in any direction, display videos and answer questions

My local copper just sits in his panda car eating donuts.

Robotcop III you say? (2, Insightful)

Cooper_007 (688308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8529990)

Hoookay...

I give 'em about 2 days before they get sued for using such a similar name without permission.

Cooper
--
I don't need a pass to pass this pass!
- Groo The Wanderer

Read the fucking summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530039)

"The previous versions of Robotcops, introduced in 1988 and 1995, were imported from the U.S. "

So it's been twelve YEARS. Admittedly, the original RoboCop was released in 1987, so this 1988 creature was certainly a copy... but either they've already reached an agreement with the producers, the "t" is legally enough variation, or being in China changes things.

Hong Kong wasn't part of China is 1988, so I'm guessing the "t" is enough.

Re:Read the fucking summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530258)

It's not about being in China.

Most stuff that's changed directly because of the return to China is related to the political structure.

AFAIK, businesses (and business laws) are pretty much unaffected.

Besides, there isn't much of a culture sueing everybody and his dog for these things. That, and the fact I've never heard of these "Robotcops" before (and I live there) suggests that the producers of "Robocop" hasn't a clue about this thing either.

Sue the police? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530152)

A slight oxymoron, isn't it?

I think if HK has no intention to export it under this same name, it should be fine.

Better hope no kids were scared by Dr.Who (4, Funny)

baryon351 (626717) | more than 10 years ago | (#8529994)

Better hope no kids were scared by Dr.Who, cos that thing looks too too familiar.

Daleks take hong kong!

So I guess... (5, Funny)

Nplugd (662449) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530000)

this thing will fight crime by making criminals laugh to death?
It looks like a bad episode of Lost in Space.

Japan is protected. (2, Interesting)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530004)

I wonder if it pushes criminals down the stairs, and subsequently says they fell? Mind you, given the lack of legs on the robot, running down stairs is a sure fire way of avoiding the robot if they ever decide to convert this from a show and tell to an ass-kicking 'bot.

Damn.. (2, Insightful)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530019)

.. I mean Hong Kong. There must be something wrong there... robots coming out of anywhere *but* Japan?

China is protected (1)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530045)

I am better than the Robotcop III robot, I shove Chinese kids down the stairs.

Re:Japan is protected. (1)

Vampyre_Dark (630787) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530186)

How would they turn this into an ass kicking bot with no legs? Am one legged man in an ass kicking contest is bad enough.

Re:Japan is protected. (0)

Froobly (206960) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530193)

Don't trust the pusher robot. The pusher robot lies. Space has a terrible secret.

Obligatory... (-1)

kikai suki (693400) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530251)

In Soviet Russia, the stairs push the robot.

Dance machines... (3, Funny)

MagicDude (727944) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530005)

Yeah, then can dance, but they can only do The Robot. Why couldn't these guys be in Japan? I'd like to see them on the DDR machines.

Yep, they're out of ideas (1, Troll)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530007)

Policing HK has become a nightmare. The Chinese mafia has essentially taken over the islands and controls crime and legitimate business from the top rungs of society down to the street gutters.

This is more of an acknowledgement of the lack of police power than some dream-like Robocop thing.

What's more sad is that the romanticizing of the gangster lifestyle there has lured some of the best and brightest of HK into the underworld where there is more money to be made than in the legitimate world. The parallels between the HK gangster culture and the US rapper/gangster culture are striking and both seem to have a significant detrimental effect on the Chinese and ethnic American communities.

Re:Yep, they're out of ideas (1)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530063)

I dunno about the gang situation in HK but I can tell you that rappers, and gangsters are not the same in america. Sure some rappers may start out as gangsters, but once you're in the public eye (and actually making some money) it's really doubtfull that you're going to be a gang member anymore. And american gangs of today don't have nearly as much money and power as the mafia and old gangs like that. Anyway I would think if the HK gangs are so succesfull then they'd be a lot like the mafia or mobsters back in the day, not like modern street gangs.

Re:Yep, they're out of ideas (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530083)

I'm pretty sure he means that the romanticizing of the gangster lifestyle is draining the two communities.

Not to mention that the gangsta attitude is being picked up by some kids outside of the black community.

Re:Yep, they're out of ideas (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530154)

there are "modern street gangs" in america that operate similarly to the old time mafia. funny enough, they are chinese. in the san francisco bay area, the chinese mafia effectively controls illicit gun sales and marijuana importing. they have some weight in cocaine as well, but nowhere near the capacity of their marijuana enterprise. the reason nobody ever hears about these groups is unlike the old time mafia who enjoyed spotlight, these groups operate in complete secrecy. for instance, if a lower member (usually a dealer) is arrested with possession, his car will be torched and he is kicked out of the gang. this prevents 'snitching' because the ex-gang member no longer has access.

as for rappers, a lot of rappers are gangsters, because the vast majority of rappers are nowhere near being 'popular' or having lots of money. again, looking at the bay area, there are many gangsta rappers who are involved with local street gangs (basically people representing their block). i use the word gangsters, but these "modern street gangs" as you call them are not really "gangs" and they dont see themself as in a gang. they are usually just friends who happen to share a mutual interest in criminal activity.

Re:Yep, they're out of ideas (5, Informative)

xstein (578798) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530090)

Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world [peopledaily.com.cn] .

As a Hong Kong resident I can tell you I would have absolutely no reservations whatsoever about letting my 13 year old daughter roam the streets of even the darkest parts of HK at 3am alone. The only crime here is organised (not that that's acceptable), but the streets are absolutely safe.

This robot cop is to be used primarily to educate youths on crime and the dangers of joining triad rings, not to actually fight crime RoboCop-style.

Re:Yep, they're out of ideas (1, Informative)

michaelhood (667393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530282)

Can we get a supporting URL that doesn't match *.*.cn? Thanks.

Re:Yep, they're out of ideas -- B.S. (4, Insightful)

sydneyfong (410107) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530242)

(Troll? But since you're spewing crap discrediting to my city, I'll respond)

Now where'd you get your ideas from? (lemme guess... HK movies?? The people who produce local movies are rarely well-educated people, and know nothing more than producing crap movies about made-belief, unrealistic gangster lives. All the other talented people in our movie industry go to Hollywood.)

>> Policing HK has become a nightmare.
Our police forces are very much in control.

>> The Chinese mafia has essentially taken over the islands

The only people hiding in the Islands are probably illegal immigrants from mainland China. Not to say they don't pose any threat to the local people, but they are not in any way organized. And the reason they are there is because there are so many small islands around, it's impossible to patrol them all every single second.

>> and controls crime and legitimate business
wtf? *Legit business? You're smoking crack. Hong Kong is a city with a International fame and has close links with businesses from all over the world. Surely you don't mean those businesses deal with thugs here?

>> from the top rungs of society down to the street gutters.
Street gutters perhaps. Top of society, no. Frankly, I've never come in contact with any gangsters before.

>> lured some of the best and brightest of HK into the underworld where there is more money to be made than in the legitimate world.
Most people who commit crimes here are anything but the "best and brightest". As for the money part, well, ain't it the major incentive for people committing crimes, as it always had been?

Hong Kong might not be the safest city in the world, but it is surely safer than many places in the world. There is no major crime problem here.

btw, I live in Hong Kong.

Re:Yep, they're out of ideas -- B.S. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530287)

It is you who is mistaken.

Policing HK has become a nightmare.

Our police forces are very much in control.

The police are hardly in control. The police are corrupt, bought and paid for by the gangs. Those police who are not corrupt are not in a position to effect any change.

That crime seems to be low is precisely because most of it is organized.

The Chinese mafia has essentially taken over the islands

The only people hiding in the Islands are probably illegal immigrants from mainland China.

The "Islands" obviously refers to all the islands in the HK group. IOW, anything not connected to mainland China.

and controls crime and legitimate business

wtf? *Legit business? You're smoking crack. Hong Kong is a city with a International fame and has close links with businesses from all over the world. Surely you don't mean those businesses deal with thugs here?

I would say exactly that. That organized crime in HK has its hand in many pies. Hong Kong is an economic powerhouse because of the political environment which fosters a very free economy. Like the Yakuza in Japan, the gangs of HK lean heavily on business in Hong Kong.

from the top rungs of society down to the street gutters.

Street gutters perhaps. Top of society, no. Frankly, I've never come in contact with any gangsters before.

I could be flippant and call into question your societal status, but I'm not going to do that.

The fact of the matter is that in everyday life, most people will never encounter a gangster, much less a leader of a gang. These people are reclusive, and they make their influence known through their underlings who may or may not be as educated as the leaders. The best and brightest are promoted to the upper rungs of the organization while the dumber workhorses are kept on the street for their strongarm abilities.

There is no major crime problem here.

Open your eyes. Dig below the surface.

btw, I live in Hong Kong

That is irrelevent.

But can it fly like Robocop? (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530012)

Robocop did [robots.org] in the third crappy movie [imdb.com] . ;)

Re:But can it fly like Robocop? (1)

wheresdrew (735202) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530265)

Actually, it'd be more accurate to say "the second crappy movie." The first one was pretty cool.

okay (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530015)

I can't take any asian Robo-"Anything " seriously unless it is at LEAST 15 meters tall, with 6 missiles and a giant sword.
A flame thrower would be nice, be obviously that could look silly.

Re:okay (3, Insightful)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530092)

yea when they highlight a robots ability to "move in any direction" you know its a pretty shitty robot.

Re:okay (1, Funny)

psoriac (81188) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530114)

In the photo in the article, it sorta looks like it's waving a giant flaming sword in a menacing manner... if you squint kinda hard and close one eye.

Re:okay (2, Funny)

Felinoid (16872) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530137)

In the photo in the article, it sorta looks like it's waving a giant flaming sword in a menacing manner... if you squint kinda hard and close one eye.
And then poke that eye out....

Please forgive me (-1)

Huxley_Dunsany (659554) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530016)

In Communist Hong Kong, Robocop programs you!

Huxley

/hangs head in shame

Re:Please forgive me (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530052)

But.... but... that is what it does, and that is funny.

Communist reversal jokes are not funny, but this joke is funny. Cannot be... this is... not... is... *BZZZT*

Re:Please forgive me (0)

Huxley_Dunsany (659554) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530078)

You just made my night. Thanks! :-)

Huxley

impressive (4, Funny)

nmoog (701216) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530017)

Robotcop III can walk, dance, move in any direction...
Wow... thats 2 more things than regular cops can do!

Re:impressive (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530038)

Yes, but can it eat donuts and drink coffee..???

Re:impressive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530285)

and make the housework too ?? ;))

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Me first! Meeee first!! (0, Funny)

Debug This (702664) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530023)

Let me be the first to say that I, for one, welcome our new cyber-policeman overlords.

Re:Me first! Meeee first!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530075)

(might as well get it over with)

Can you imagine a beowulf cluster of Robotcops?

Re:Me first! Meeee first!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530127)

Step 1: Build Robocop Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit!

Re:Me first! Meeee first!! (2, Funny)

JeremyALogan (622913) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530164)

in soviet russia robot cops police YOU!

wait...

Re:Me first! Meeee first!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530211)

robo cop pours hot grits down natalie portman's pants. then says no Mathilda no.

But.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530131)

Will it run linux?

Why does it make a nazi salute? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530026)

I just wondered.

Sorry wrong number ... (-1, Offtopic)

Laz10 (708792) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530029)

It looks like robocop 0 to me.

Wouldn't it be cheaper... (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530030)


...to just let the schoolkiddies watch a Jacky Chan movie?

Re:Wouldn't it be cheaper... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530286)

as if movies are true reflections of the real world.

drdink, my gay lover (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530032)

Sean Kelly [zombie.org] , known to his pedophile [nambla.org] IRC [mirc.com] friends as drdink [drdink.org] , was spending a normal Tuesday afternoon at work in the bowels of a nameless office [zombie.org] at Creighton [creighton.edu] University. He sat hunched over his small terminal, one hand clutching a warm, flat can of Coke. The other occupied its usual position: down his pants, inside moist He-Man underwear, massaging the tiny member dangling in his loins. Perhaps a bit of background is needed at this point.

Sean spent all his waking hours on IRC; he was a well known "operator" [slashnet.org] of the homosexual "chat room" #slashdot [slashnet.org] . In fact, Sean possessed great power over his IRC subjects, for not only did he operate #slashdot, he was an IRC operator as well. Sean smirked gleefully when he thought about his power over the IRC rabble, and took great pleasure in kicking them off and "K-lining" them. K-lining had become a masturbatory ritual for Sean--the banning of an innocent user coupled with subsequent jacking off gave him sexual thrills of the highest variety.

Sean had spent the past few hours in his daily ritual of scouring the internet for child pornography while desperately trying to seduce young boys on Yahoo Chat. Suddenly his computer beeped at him.

"What the fuck," he stuttered in his high-pitched, feminine voice, tinged with his genetic speech impediment.

His IRC window was blinking. He moved his kiddie porn half way down the screen and looked to see a message from a gay lover.

drwiii>> there's problems over in #kuro5hin right now

drdink> omg wtf
drwiii> some asshole "qpt" is piping messages from #crapfloodchan1, 2, 3 and #kuro5hin.org into the channel
drdink> i don't FUCKING care. can't you tell i'm trying to download kiddie porn to share with you? #kuro5hin is a bunch of metros anyway. fuck that shit.
drwiii> c'mon dinkie-poo, i got a big surprise for you if you'll deal with it... (slurp)
drdink> ok fine goddammit

Sean quickly deleted the #crapfloodchan group, and went into to #kuro5hin.org, the official Kuro5hin channel.

drdrink> ok faggits what the FUCK is going on here!?!?!?!

Michael_Jackson> nothing drdink, how are you on this fine, sunny afternoon?
drdink> god-fucking-dammit Michael_Jackson did i ask for your opinion you SHITHEAD!!!
Michael_Jackson> please accept my humble apologies drdink, i did not mean to offend you.
drdink> THAT'S IT ASSFUCKER YOU DIE NOW
* drdink set +b *!*@*.s.michealjacksonisp.com (nullo)
gangsta> dude that wasn't very nice
* drdink set +b *!*@*.s.gangstaisp.com (stfu and die)
Weenus> ror
* drdink set +b *!*@*.s.weenusisp.com (fagort)
jizmak> hey drdink we're still friends, though right?
drdink> FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU I AM A GIMPY PEDO-FAG AND I LOVE IT

And with that, Sean deleted and banned #kuro5hin.org. This excitement made Sean very aroused, and he quickly pulled his pants down to his ankles with his bony disfigured arm. His penis stood at full attention, a scant 3 inches, thin and curving violently to the right. He began to rub it with his withered, deformed hand, whispering a litany of curses against kurons and their ilk. His excitation grew and grew; as he reached his climax a pitiful droplet of semen dribbled onto his finger.

Then, Sean's boss walked in.

"Oh Sean, can you take this to the.. OH CHRIST! NOT AGAIN!!!!!" His face turned red and he immediately turned to face the wall once he saw what Sean was doing.

"GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE! YOU'RE FIRED! YOU SAID YOU WOULDN'T DO THAT AGAIN!"

Sean scrambled to pull his pants up and began walking backwards out of the office. His boss was still screaming expletives at the top of his lungs. Sean made it down the corridor and pushed the door to the outside open, in a daze. Thrust out into the sunlight, outside of his natural environment, Sean began to cry in agony. He covered his working eye with his hand. Big tears began to roll down his face... "all I ever wanted was to jack off to kiddie porn and FreeBSD," he explained through his sobbing.

A group of young boys, around 10 or 11 years old, were running through the grass outside and took notice of Sean's bawling. One of children recognized Sean, and perked up.

"Hey, that's the asshole who tried to show me his wee-wee!" He exclaimed, looking to his friends for approval to take the lead.

"Gross," a couple other kids said, "let's go throw rocks at him."

The children scampered about, finding rocks in the nearby plants. They approached Sean from the side. "Hey dickhead, look!" said the leader as he threw a baseball-sized rock as hard as possible right at Sean's face. The rock cracked Sean right on the forehead and he tumbled to the ground, screaming. The children ran off, laughing nervously. Blood ran down Sean's face as he cried, rubbing his fresh wound.

"I guess it serves me right... (sobbing)... maybe I shouldn't be such an asshole to people on IRC."

THE END.

Sexual Harassment Robot (2, Funny)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530033)

"Now kids, do you know that when one little robot touches another little robot's MIDI interface it's sexual harassment. That makes me a saaaad robot."

Yes, yes, I know it's from a South Park Episode link to script [spscriptorium.com]

Robotcop III (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530273)

Two Wongs make it White

There's no mention of... (4, Interesting)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530034)

.. how they'd stop it being vandalized. Presumably it's not so good to have a cop that needs protecting itself, escorting around and generally stopping people spray-painting it etc. I wonder how much dried gum this guy accumulates?

Vandalised nothing!! (2, Funny)

Ratface (21117) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530204)

If I were a criminal, I would steal the robot in a flash. I've seen quite a few designs for robot guard dogs / sentries / police etc and the main problem imho is that the value of them tends to make them more valuable than what they are guarding!

Re:There's no mention of... (1)

teejie (97299) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530226)

"Please put down your weapon! - You have 20 seconds to comply!"
"You now have 15 seconds to comply!"
"You now have 5 seconds to comply! 4...3...2...1..."

*b00mb00mb00m*

And remember kids... (-1, Offtopic)

lendude (620139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530043)

"Stay out of trouble".

Solves Corruption Issues (1)

myownkidney (761203) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530053)

I think one of the biggest problems with the HK police is the corruption levels. Recent surveys have shown that people have very little faith in the HK police, because of endemic corruption.

like the story here. [mithuro.com]

I guess one can reasonably expect the robot to be corruption free. But I guess they are using pirated software, so even that cannot be asured.

Sexual Harrassment Panda (1)

fembots (753724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530055)

Yeah yeah, he can speak in Cantonese and English, but can he sing [angelfire.com] like the Sexual Harrassment Panda [celebritybattles.com]

Does Orion-MGM approve of this usage of their tm? (1)

ArseneLupin (743401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530057)

Just wondering [imdb.com] ...

Or maybe the Hong Kong trademark laws are different and allow this; after all, China has its Tiempo tissues...

Re:Does Orion-MGM approve of this usage of their t (2, Informative)

JeremyALogan (622913) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530187)

or, maybe, in Hong Kong they take into account SPELLING DIFFERENCES...

roboTcop != robocop

Re:Does Orion-MGM approve of this usage of their t (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530216)

It's what he said, no? Indeed, in China misspellings such as Tiempo for Tempo are admissible (whereas in western countries, they are not, as shown by the Triton vs. Tricon [heise.de] lawsuits).

Language? (1)

toesate (652111) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530059)

Do you wonder which language this thing will *converse* in? Cantonese, English, Mandrain?

Maybe it is just some audio player, with some preset mechanical actions, in some look nice cover.

I mean, how is it different from Honda ASIMO Humanoid [honda.com] ?

Re:Language? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530219)

Maybe it is just some audio player,

You tell me how that would be different from a normal human cop?

Nemesis (2, Funny)

BenBenBen (249969) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530061)

He better watch out for TED-209

Do you want me to show you my HIDDEN PLASMA? (1)

farnerup (608326) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530070)

Great! So when will we get Robocowboy, Roboindian, Robosoldier, Leatherbot and the rest of the Village Androids?

...too... ...many... ...jokes... ...overload... (1)

dwalsh (87765) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530080)

For starters, what cop is it modelled on, the one from the Village People? Not suprised that all it does is dance.

So is there are credit card reader for it to accept bribes? So many other optional extras could be made available - black people detection and elimination systems, patronizing voice intonation module, JINI network to allow a gang of them to whale on an unarmed suspect etc.

hmmm. (0)

liloconf (560960) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530084)

I wonder if it runs SkyOS....

Revealing the secret (1)

sssmashy (612587) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530086)

An even better effect would be to open it up to reveal the little Chinese guy wearing the robot suit. So lifelike!

Damn, not Robocop 3 (-1, Offtopic)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530094)

I had hoped to see a shitty trailer for Robocop 3 when I clicked that link. But, to my dismay, I got a stupid article talking about Robo"t"cop 3 :(

Stupid Hong Kong and it's stupid cheesy robots that don't fight crime or drive a black Ford Torus.

Your Kung-Fu Stinks! (1)

jcasey (264935) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530107)

It might cost around HK$300,000 to develop and build, but the service it provides the Hong Kong crime prevention drive is priceless.

Wanna add more drive to crime prevention? How about giving Robbie III here a Shaolin kung-fu expansion module complete with Tiger, Monkey, and Dragon Style add-ins, multilingual screams, grunts, and taunts like "You killed my brother... I will avenge you!"

wtf? (0, Redundant)

sydneyfong (410107) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530111)

I live there (HK), and have never heard anything about a "robotcop".

(Or perhaps I oughta get out of my cave.....;-)

Sounds more like sth for fun/research purposes... I doubt one would ever see one of these in the streets...

Re:wtf? (1)

at2000 (715252) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530166)

Because you never went to rural areas, like HKUST.

Three observations. (4, Interesting)

Matrix2110 (190829) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530115)

Did anybody notice the cute radio and nightstick in its "Belt?" I am guessing these a non-functional for obvious reasons. Like I would want a nightstick wielding robot coming after me for RIAA transgressions.

I can also say with certainty that this thing is controlled via a human. After seeing T3 would you want it any other way?

Also the most creepy thing. Take a close look at its "Nose" where the camera is. Now take a closer look and think twenty years from now, I see a gun in that place. Almost looks like it now.

Shudder.

Hopefully this one won't kill everyone in sight. (1)

Rothron the Wise (171030) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530124)

Like Robocop I and II did.

You have 30 seconds to comply... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530136)

I know this sounds like a good idea, but I've seen what can happen first hand when you start to introduce robots into the crime-fighting world. Everything will go well at first, but inevitably the humanoid trapped inside will have conflicting emotions, and then all havoc breaks loose. Lets not forget the lessons learned from the past -- remember what happened to Murphy?

Robotic Legs for Soldiers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530148)

Maybe they can add these to the police on patrol in the streets, too. That would really be something:
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2 &cid=624&u=/ ap/20040310/ap_on_sc/human_exoskeleton&printer =1

This is a bit eerie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530150)

Does anyone else remember a strange spam that circulated about a couple of years ago written in very bad English and seeking help because a robotic killer machine was killing Hong Kong people?

Going (1)

Deliveranc3 (629997) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530156)

I'll be in Hong Kong in 2.5 months where can I find this robotic guardian?

Triad retaliates (2, Funny)

sssmashy (612587) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530159)

It might cost around HK$300,000 to develop and build, but the service it provides the Hong Kong crime prevention drive is priceless. Like its predecessors, its main role is to spread anti-theft and anti-triad messages.

Mean \while, the Triad is has spent HK$300,000 trying to develop a martial arts technique that can take out a 300 lb. steel-clad robot. No luck so far.

The Triad's livelihood has been threatened by the robot's celebrity: organized crime has been reduced by 45% among school-age Hong Kong youngsters, ever since "the robot showed them the way".

On the other hand, robot-related fatalities were up by 600% at the start of the year, but declined sharply when officials decided to stop using the robot to demonstrate handgun safety in school auditoriums.

Dance? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530168)

Is it some sort of benchmark for robots that they can dance? Its seems every new robot out there dances.

Ok, all Slashdot comedians.. (2, Funny)

superhoe (736800) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530169)

Answer to this question:

What are its four prime directives?

Re:Ok, all Slashdot comedians.. (0)

jcasey (264935) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530232)

10: greet fellow citizens
20: warn civillians agains the perrils of using illegal drugs
30: report all crimes no matter how small to the HK police
40: duplicate and distribute american cd and dvd media
50: goto 10

children fight crime? (1)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530172)

Since it was first introduced in Hong Kong in 1988, the previous two Robotcops, both American imports, have taught 800,000 school children how to fight crime.

school children fight crime? isn't that the job of the police, or am i missing something here?
the article didn't go into enough detail it seems

Re:children fight crime? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8530278)

Fighting crime doesn't equate to policemen wielding guns and taking down dangerous criminals.

It's in the sense of "reducing crime rates", for example, not to take part in illegal activities, look out for conmen, pickpockets, reporting crime etc. And now with the internet, online fraud, hacker (yeah, cracker, I know) activity, copyrights etc.

(In HK) Scenes of policement wrestling with criminals on the streets nowadays are rare... I've never seen any except as TV shows or movies.

"PLEASE PUT DOWN YOUR WEAPON!" (1, Funny)

alien_blueprint (681111) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530175)

"YOU HAVE FIFTEEN SECONDS TO COMPLY!"

Executive sycophant puts down weapon ...

*BUDDA* *BUDDA* *BUDDA* *BUDDA* *BUDDA*
*BUDDA* *BUDDA* *BUDDA* *BUDDA* *BUDDA*

Executive sycophant #2: "Maybe we shouldn't have outsourced the code to Elbonia for *this* project ... especially if we were going to do the demo in the boardroom with live ammunition."

Robot Monkey Apocalypse! (2, Funny)

SteveXE (641833) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530183)

Where is Paul Verhoeven when you need him!? Whats next, Robots that drive cars! Matrix here we come, someone call James Cameron and that kid from the Wonder Years quick!

Can it sing too? (1)

Masa (74401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530202)

It could perform a musical. "Singin in the crime" or something...

Misread title? (1)

CryptoKiller (78275) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530205)

Anyone else see this as "Robocop III set to fight crime in Hong Kong"?

Now that would have been cool!

No robocop (5, Informative)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530220)

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, let me just clarify that this is not a robocop in the "must destroy man kind" fashion. This is more like the info boxes you find in airports. Only difference is, that this one can move a bit. Coincidentially, I was at the exact spot where the picture [weblogs.com] was taken last month, and I have no doubts that the robot can move around there, since the place is pretty flat. But I was also walking the streets of Hong Kong, and there's no way this robot can move, let alone navigate, on the busy streets of HK. I reckon this will pay visits to schools and walk around in the school yard answering questions.

I, for one, welcome our new Robotcop overlords. (1, Funny)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530222)

I, for one, welcome our new Robotcop overlords.

Re:I, for one, welcome our new Robotcop overlords. (-1)

DonaldDuckBigO (749237) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530256)

Donald Duck is going to have a SCREAMING ORGASM when they program this thing to give him a blow job.

red flames (1)

lemody (588908) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530228)

and if you carefully look at the photo you can see
that the robotcop III can shoot red flames out of his hand!!!
:)

a toy to play you mean... (1)

unknown_host (757538) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530262)

".. capable of walking, dancing ... "
An actual robot aimed at fighting crime need not have "fancy stuff" like cool goggles or a pair of dancing feet! What would actually be useful is something that actually models "high level" events like a person stealing a case from another person. Or maybe a person leaving a suitcase unattended and leaving the scene. In fact, this can be done by moving cameras mounted on pan-tilt units, not necessarily fancy dancing robots. In fact there is research being done on doing this with cameras. A "robot" with such a functionality would be much more useful than one which goes around preaching righteousness in Cantonese.

What universe is this, please?

List RobotCop Prime Directives (5, Funny)

PhotoBoy (684898) | more than 10 years ago | (#8530292)

DIRECTIVE 1 Serve the public trust

DIRECTIVE 2 Protect the innocent

DIRECTIVE 3 Uphold the law

DIRECTIVE 4 Never oppose an OCP officer

DIRECTIVE 5 Change name slighly to prevent copyright lawsuit
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