Real Life ROBOCOPS Hits Streets in California
Have scientists learned nothing from the Terminator franchise? Apparently, a Palo Alto startup called Knightscope has developed a fleet of crime-fighting Robocops that have already been dispatched. Fools!
According to an article on Technocracy: “Knightscope’s K5 Security Bots resemble a mix between R2D2 and a Dalek from Doctor Who – and the system behind these bots is a bit Orwellian. The K5’s have broadcasting and sophisticated monitoring capabilities to keep public spaces in check as they rove through open areas, halls and corridors for suspicious activity.
“The units upload what they see to a backend security network using 360-degree high-definition and low-light infrared cameras and a built-in microphone can be used to communicate with passersby. An audio event detection system can also pick up on activities like breaking glass and send an alert to the system as well.”
Is Knightscope the future Skynet? Are the masterminds behind the K5 Security Bots secretly working for a god-like artificial intelligence with malicious intentions? Actually, the firm’s motivations are less catastrophic, but just as sinister: Knightscope rents their mechanized crime fighters out for $6.25 per hour—way less than minimum wage! K5’s may not usher in the enslavement of humanity, but they’ll definitely put some hard working security guards out of jobs.
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