Issues Under Fire: What About Droid Cops? No, Really.
In the interest of public safety, we’re offering the following proposal to address the issue of policing in the 21st century. After carefully examining volumes of data concerning fatal outcomes between law enforcement and citizens, our findings are clear. The demands and requirements of 21st century policing far exceed the intellectual capacity of those currently employed to serve and protect the public. We’re recommending Artificial Intelligence as a solution.
 
The “average” police officer in the United States is of average intelligence with some military experience and training prior to entering the field of law enforcement. With additional law enforcement education and training provided throughout their careers, these average individuals are expected to protect and serve the public while maintaining a professional attitude and respect for the community they police. Unfortunately, the challenges facing today’s police are anything but average.
 
Average police officers find themselves engaging citizens with mental health, socioeconomic, and racial issues on a daily basis, notwithstanding the diverse nature of the nation’s criminal element. They’re expected to make life and death decisions in a matter of seconds and they’re expected to make the right decision 100% of the time. For an average mind, this is a major challenge. For an average mind harboring average biases, prejudices and fears, making the right decision 50% of the time may be difficult.
 
With all the training, retraining and re-retraining to date, no one’s been able to train out personal biases, prejudices and the fears average people bring to their jobs. And if your job requires a gun, a badge and a license to kill, the public deserves a lot more than average. The public deserves and should demand “fearless and fair” policing. Since humans are inherently fearful of “others” and fear almost always leads to unfair situations, we advocate replacing humans with Androids. 
 
We’re challenging the foremost intellects in advanced technologies to develop the Droid Cop. Imagine what the brains of Google and Apple could come up with it they weren’t diddling with driverless cars. Think of what Richard Branson and Elon Musk could deliver, were they not competing in a race to space. Imagine how quickly this technology could be developed if all these entities worked together to produce this life saving, 21st century public safety upgrade. The Droid Cop. Let’s consider the advantages.
 
Firstly, Droid Cops don’t have biases, prejudices or fears of “others” because they’re not afraid of anything. They’ll never fear for their lives (a common defense used by average police officers after killing a citizen) because they don’t have a life. They’ll produce accurate and truthful incident reports 100% of the time because that’s what they’ve been programmed to do. And as far as officer involved shootings go, the public can expect 99.9% positive outcomes because Droid Cops are programmed to respond with dispassionate professionalism.
 
Secondly, monitoring the Droid Cop’s performance is far easier than relying on the average police officer’s annual performance review. All contact between Droid Cops and the public are recorded. Video and audio is instantaneously captured and simultaneously uploaded to public servers for constant evaluation. If an issue is noted, that unit is deactivated, taken offline, reprogrammed or replaced. This is not possible with the average police officer, due to union protections.
 
Thirdly, Droid Cops are far more cost effective. The savings from police brutality law suits alone, is substantial enough to sign on to this concept. Also, Droid Cops don’t need vacations, pensions or time off. If a Droid Cop gets damaged beyond repair, there’s no funeral or wailing families to consider. There’s no Droid Cop widows and orphans fund to contribute to. You just activate the next Droid cops on the assembly line and salvage whatever can be saved from the junk for recyling.
 
But fourthly and most importantly, Droid Cops are incorruptable. Droid Cops don’t take bribes, they don’t ask their partners to cover for them, they don’t plant drugs or guns on suspects, they don’t beat confessions out of citizens and they don’t lie in court. And since Droid Cops don’t have issues with race, religion, ethnic or sexual orientation, the public can take comfort in the fact that the Droid Cop will only do what it’s been programmed to do. And that’s to protect and serve the public. 
 
Bottom line: Until humankind has evolved beyond its inability to deal with its own diversity humanely, it may be necessary for technology to bridge the dangerous social issues that divides it. We think Droid policing is a sensible first step. Podcast below.