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NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

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robot dog with New York Police Department officers

Robot dog with New York Police Dept. officers after an arrest involving a domestic dispute in Manhattan.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has abruptly terminated its deployment of a robot dog after several incidents prompted allegations of invasive surveillance and overreach.

Promoted as a life-saving tool that could enter areas too dangerous for police, the Digidog drew outrage when it was deployed as part of a response to a home invasion in the Bronx, and more recently at a public housing building in Manhattan.

The NYPD responded to a subpoena from New York City officials requesting records related to the device by canceling its leasing contract with robot developer Boston Dynamics. Police official John Miller said the four-legged, stair-climbing robot was more agile than other robots the department has employed, adding that it has become "a casualty of politics, bad information, and cheap sound bites."

From The New York Times
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