每日英語跟讀 Ep.K488: About San Francisco - San Francisco Considers Allowing Use of Deadly Robots by Police
The San Francisco police could use robots to deploy lethal force under a policy advanced by city supervisors on Tuesday that thrust the city into the forefront of a national debate about the use of weaponized robots in American cities.
In 2016, the Dallas Police Department ended a standoff with a gunman suspected of killing five officers by blowing him up with a bomb attached to a robot in what was believed to be the first lethal use of the technology by an American law enforcement agency.
Supporters of the policy, advanced by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by an 8-to-3 vote, said it would allow the police to deploy a robot with deadly force in extraordinary circumstances, such as when a mass shooter or a terrorist is threatening the lives of officers or civilians.
To become law, the policy must be approved again by the board — which is slated to consider it on Dec. 6 — and be signed by Mayor London Breed, a Democrat who has expressed support for the proposal.
San Francisco metro system hires bird of prey to scare pigeons away舊金山捷運系統雇用鳥類天敵嚇跑鴿子
Metro system riders in California’s San Francisco Bay Area may have noticed a new station guard in recent months.
A 5-year-old Harris’s hawk named Pac-Man has taken up the perch at El Cerrito del Norte station, where he’s on the look out - not for fare evaders, but pigeons.
Ricky Ortiz, a falconer, began patrolling with the bird at the station this summer, contracting with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, or BART, to keep the pigeons at bay and protect commuters from pigeon poop.
The team patrols three days a week, starting their day at the bottom level entrance before scoping out the platforms, scaring away any pigeons who are resting on a ledge or on the interior scaffolding of the station.
"There was probably less than half of the pigeons here after the week of us flying," so far Ortiz has noticed a big difference and said.
目前為止，歐提茲注意到一個很大的差別並說，「小精靈在這裡巡邏一週之後，鴿子數量可能已不到一半」。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1555023 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1553771