"There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America" - James Comey, Former FBI Director
Everyone remembers the Will Smith movie I, Robot, where he plays a Chicago PD homicide detective looking into the apparent suicide of a robotics scientist. As the plot unfolds, Smith finds that the robots designed to help humans are actually planning to kill all the humans. Nice thought...
Nevertheless, a robotic assisted society is closer than we think. We already have multiple robotic devices that help us do our daily tasks. Amazon's Alex, Apple's Siri, Google's Home, Tesla's Autopilot feature, Nest Thermostats, Ring door locks, etc. But we may soon see robotic security officers patrolling the public.
Enter Knightscope, a security start-up that produces robots that are designed to provide, "security professionals [with] advanced detection capabilities." These robots are touted to be more efficient than humans (they do not need to eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, etc.). These robots can always be watching and protecting us from threats in the real world. Their main design is a cone shaped robot about as tall as a person. It has cameras, microphones, and moves around on its own, patrolling (right now multiple malls in California) looking out for threats.
While these robots will no doubt be more efficient than human security guards and have a huge impact on preventing crime, you have to wonder how secure these devices will be. Knightscope is full of extremely smart programers and security experts that have definitely addressed this major problem. However, there is always a vulnerability a hacker can find in a device that is connected to the internet and it could potentially cause a very bad situation if these devices are hacked (remember the hack that brought down a vast majority of the internet last October?).
The videos of these devices working are very cool and they will definitely be everywhere we go very soon. The question is, are they really more secure and better than a human security officer?
Click here to check out Knightscope's website! They are currently raising their Series M funding round and anyone is able to invest here, might be a good investment if this technology plays out in the future...
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