Singapore Deploys Robot ‘Dog’ to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore’s government announced last Friday that it would deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing. Authorities said Spot, the four-legged “dog” robot, will patrol the area and broadcast a pre-recorded message to remind visitors of the importance of social distancing. The robot will be outfitted with cameras to scan the environment and help officials estimate the number of park visitors. The government promised the cameras cannot track or recognize specific individuals, and no personal data will be compiled. Authorities said the Spot model “works well across different terrains and can navigate obstacles effectively, making it ideal for operation in public parks and gardens.”

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