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A NYPD bomb disposal robot carries an unexploded pressure cooker bomb on Sept. 17, 2016 on West 27th Street in New York City. Another device had exploded earlier injuring 29 people on 23rd St. in Chelsea. (Lucien Harriot / Getty Images)

San Francisco supervisors approve police use of ‘killer robots’

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to let police use robots to kill suspects in "extraordinary circumstances."
police officer wearing a pair of smartglasses
This photo taken on February 5, 2018 shows a police officer wearing a pair of smartglasses with a facial recognition system at Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou in China’s central Henan province. (AFP via Getty Images)

Drones, VR coming to public safety, responders say in emerging tech survey

Drones, internet-connected vehicles and virtual reality are expected to play a greater role in public safety in the next five years, according to a recent survey by…
SXSW panel
Fortune magazine writer Polina Marinova, former Boston Police Department Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, software developer Matthew Polega and Seattle Police Department Chief Strategy Officer Chris Fisher speak at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas on March 8, 2019. (StateScoop)

Police need public’s trust before adopting new technologies, officials say

Emerging technologies like drones and data analytics can help police, but they need community acceptance first, speakers at a South by Southwest panel said.