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San Francisco police can't use deadly robots for now

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San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to put the brakes on a controversial policy that would let police use robots for deadly force.
San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to put the brakes on a controversial policy that would let police use robots for deadly force.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to explicitly ban the use of robots in such fashion for now. But they sent the issue back to a committee for further discussion and could allow it in limited cases at another time.
It’s a reversal from last week’s vote allowing the use of robots in limited cases. The police said they had no plans to arm the robots with guns but wanted the ability to put explosives on them in extraordinary circumstances.
Last week’s approval generated pushback and criticism about the potential to deploy robots that can kill people.

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