A "Security Robot" Has Been Terminated After Public Safety Concerns

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Ars Technica

The advancement of technology has often warned about the concept of artificial intelligence, and the danger robots with superhuman minds could pose to the world. Luckily, they are too busy playing chess and working on math problems to ever pose a real threat to our lives.

Which begs the question: why would you ever give a robot the tools to police humans before they were ready to make ethical decisions?

Well, as it turns out, one animal shelter in San Francisco, California wanted to roll the dice on machine security guards. It went as well as can be expected.

The five-foot tall outdoor K5 security robot, or Knightscope (to sound utterly terrifying,) patrolled the grounds of an open-concept retail-residential area to stop the rise of vandalism and parking violations.

However, after serving several months of active duty, many people began protesting the cyborg centurion. They claimed it was being used to bother the homeless population and force them away from the area.

But no one expected them to fight back.

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