Coming Soon, a Night Watchman With Wheels?

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Coming Soon, a Night Watchman With Wheels?
« on: November 30, 2013, 02:09:05 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/science/coming-soon-a-night-watchman-with-wheels.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1385838333-FBETfDLL+mFMp6IIl/Zb/g



The night watchman of the future is 5 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2-D2 – without the whimsy. And will work for $6.25 an hour.

A company in California has developed a mobile robot, known as the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, as a safety and security tool for corporations, as well as for schools and neighborhoods.

“We founded Knightscope after what happened at Sandy Hook,” said William Santana Li, a co-founder of that technology company, now based in Sunnyvale, Calif. “You are never going to have an armed officer in every school.”

But what is for some a technology-laden route to safer communities and schools is to others an entry point to a post-Orwellian, post-privacy world.

“This is like R2-D2’s evil twin,” said Marc Rotenberg, the director of the Electronic Privacy and Information Center, a privacy rights group based in Washington.

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More inside the article. 
In reality the headline should be "Coming Soon, a Night Watchman With Guns."   
Because that will be next.  Especially after even more jobs are displaced due to outsourcing to Robotics.