Posted by Roger Mallett Posted on 15 April 2024

Knightscope’s Dystopian Vision for the Future of Robot Police

The move toward using robots in law enforcement, private security, and even to scare away the homeless, has been nearly 15 years in the making and is now becoming much more prevalent in everyday life.

“RoboCops” have now been launched coast to coast. We’ve seen robodogs deployed in New York City, as well as plans for a real-world R2-D2 to expand the AI-driven robot police force, courtesy to security robot leader Knightscope, Inc.

As ArsTechnica reported:

The egg-shaped robot has no appendages and is mostly just a ball of sensors. It has a 360-degree camera system, a thermal camera, LiDAR, sonar, GPS, 16 microphones, and speakers to play back pre-recorded or live messages. It can autonomously patrol an area, detect people, and recognize license plates and has facial recognition, though the NYPD claims facial recognition will not be used. As a wheeled robot, it can only access ADA-compliant areas via ramps.

Rising crime has led many previous critics of robot police to now consider a range of new autonomous security bots to fill in for or augment the human police presence.

The world that Knightscope has helped to build is already putting us into science fiction dystopia territory. However, it’s nothing compared to their plans for the future.

At their recent innovation week from March 11-14, Knightscope made 4 video presentations that must be seen in order to understand the full vision for what they are planning.

Here is the quick design overview version:

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