To round out their drug-sniffing clone dog army, South Korean authorities are now experimenting with robotic prison guards. Lest you think these cyber-wardens will be equipped with gatling guns in the style of Robocop's ED-209, know that this alarm-equipped bot has more in common with the Death Star's delivery droids.


Of course, the robots' responsibilities may expand as the technology improves. Explains Reuters of these security machines' potential uses:

The robot has been designed to patrol a prison autonomously, but an IPad will allow manual control as well. The next step, say designers, is a robot that conducts body searches although they admit, neither the technology nor the prison system is quite ready for a step that far into the future.

I can't even begin to divine how cold-metal cavity searches would work. The thought of Terminator bunk checks is so damn harrowing that there's a 75% chance I'm clocking out by lunchtime. You've won this round, reality.


[Via IEEE Spectrum]