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A Silicon Valley company called Knightscope is currently testing a prototype robot that they say will help patrol the streets of America – monitoring the public and using analytical data to “predict future crimes.”
The Knightscope K5 is a five-foot-tall autonomous robot that looks closer to R2-D2 than it does Robocop, but this robot is no Hollywood creation, it’s the real deal.
According to the company, the new Robocop is built to “Predict and Prevent crime.” William Santana Li, CEO of Knightscope, says the robot is, “everything that’s great about Silicon Valley, its robotics, big data, predictive analytics, its sensors,” and it could be patrolling your neighborhood very soon.
originally posted by: rickymouse
Great....a garbage can that comes to you. I'd probably get busted for trying to open the lid to put my candy wrapper inside.
originally posted by: AfterInfinity
Having drones in the sky isn't good enough, now they want to put drones on the ground. Lets ask Will Smith what he thinks about automated law enforcement, eh? Bring on the VIKI!
originally posted by: BASSPLYR
Really my question is this. How long before they start arming the little "droid" How long before it gets overly sensitive and starts calling in "alerts" for "suspicious" behavior that in reality were not. Basically not only becoming a public nuisance by bringing down the cops on innocent people thus very violating their rights.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Silcone Synapse
While I share your dismay at the creation of such an object as this, I feel that your targeting of nerds as the source of the problem could be considered to be a little unfair.