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If you’re out and about in Toronto and you pass by a Geoffrey, the little pink delivery bots that residents of have come to know and love, you might want to snap one last picture or blow one last kiss, because soon, his kind may be off city streets for good.

In a motion that came as news to many, organizations and local politicans are asking that delivery robots and other types of sidewalk-bound A.I. be banned from the city due to them being potentially problematic for people with disabilities.

For those who are vision or mobility impaired in particular, the bots can provide a tripping hazard or physical obstacle, groups like the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance argue, calling tools like Geoffrey a “a substantial and worrisome new disability barrier impeding people with disabilities in their safe use of public sidewalks and other paths of travel.”

Source: blogTO

Date: December 13th, 2021

Link: https://www.blogto.com/tech/2021/12/delivery-robots-toronto-ban-sidewalks/

Discussion

  1. What sorts of changes could be possibly made to make the bots not be a tripping hazard or physical obstacle for those who are vision or mobility impaired?
  2. Where could these bots be put to use in a way that doesn’t cause problems?

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