中國北京故宮建筑前的石獅子

The field of urban studies has made important contributions to the study of SARS and other infectious diseases by exploring the conceptual linkages between global cities and epidemiology. This commentary adds another dimension to that work by highlighting linkages between urban pandemic management and the emerging field of urban robotics. Urban robotics has had particular appeal during the COVID-19 pandemic because it assists with service delivery, policing, and healthcare while minimizing human-to-human contact. So far these technologies have been framed as largely socially beneficial, with profiling and intervention based primarily on a logic of pandemic control.

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