Will you obey a robot traffic enforcer?

A glimpse at the future

WROThe Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has pledged to support the development of a robot traffic enforcer in a bid to reduce human intervention when detecting traffic violations.

The robot will be placed at intersections equipped with traffic lines and should be able to "detect motorists who jump traffic lights and commit other infractions."

"The Philippines is slated to become one of the world's top economies by 2050. We will get there through the genius, hard word and skills of young people like you," said MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino when he addressed high school students from Bulacan-based Dr. Yanga's Colleges Inc.

The students were at the MMDA office as they were honored following their fourth-place finish at the recent World Robot Olympiad held in Abu Dhabi. The team, composed of Alexandra Mae Guevarra, Chelsea Morales and Claire Receli Renosa, as well as their coach Beryl Cruz, bagged the olympiad award for making the robot named MAGIS, that can detect floods, body temperature and blood pressure.

Having robots manning traffic could mean fewer incidents of bribery and corruption on our streets. But do you think we will actually see these hi-tech creatures on our roads? And will you obey them?

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