>> They say robots will take over millions of our jobs in the next three years. And it seems, in the security sector, that process has already begun. Dubai police rolling out their latest recruit, Robocop. A robotic policeman that Reuters Silvia Westle says is kicking off a wider plan.
>> Dubai is already a very safe city. And one of the reasons it's been so secure in a turbulent region is that police invested a lot of money in technology in preventing crime. This includes cameras, surveillance, and other sophisticated techniques. And this robotic cop is part of a new program to use smart technology to keep Dubai secure, especially ahead of the Expo 2020 when Dubai will be hosting people from all over the world and showcasing itself as an important hub in the region.
>> This member of staff won't ask for sick leave or time off, and is likely to know more languages than you. It can shake hands, salute, and has a few jokes programmed up its sleeve. As passers by take selfies, the new edition may seem like a gimmick, but other features are expect to be more valuable.
Like reading vehicle number plates and watching for unattended bags.>> So, the Dubai Robocop. It can interact with people, answer questions, and he can also be something that allows people to report crime. So, you can talk to him, and he registers the information, and will send it to police headquarters.
He also has facial recognition technology, which allows him to compare people walking in the streets to a police database.>> Policing in the UAE city could soon look very different if this test run is successful. Dubai police say it wants unarmed robots to make up 25% of its patrolling force by 2030.