Crime-Fighting Robots Hitting The Streets In California

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TN Note: The Police State and Total Surveillance Society are joined at the hip. Automated police robots are currently only used as threat assessment and surveillance collection devices, but there will be a time when force/intervention features will be added. These robots are driven by AI, of course, and communicate everything the see, hear and think back to a central computer for analysis. This is a bad trend but one that will greatly further the aspirations of technocrats everywhere. 

The robots might one day rise up and take over, but a Palo Alto startup called Knightscope has developed a fleet of crime-fighting machinery it hopes to keep us safe.

Knightscope’s K5 security bots resemble a mix between R2D2 and a Dalek from Doctor Who – and the system behind these bots is a bit Orwellian. The K5’s have broadcasting and sophisticated monitoring capabilities to keep public spaces in check as they rove through open areas, halls and corridors for suspicious activity.

The units upload what they see to a backend security network using 360-degree high-definition and low-light infrared cameras and a built-in microphone can be used to communicate with passersby. An audio event detection system can also pick up on activities like breaking glass and send an alert to the system as well.

Malls and office buildings are also starting to employ the K5 units as security assistants. Knightscope couldn’t name names, but tells TechCrunch the robots are being used at a number of tech companies and a mall in Silicon Valley at the moment.

CEO Stacey Dean Stephens, a former law enforcement agent, came up with the idea to build a predictive network to prevent crime using robots. He and his co-founder William Li have raised close to $12 million in funding so far from Konica Minolta and others to build on the idea.

While Knightscope doesn’t think its robots will replace mall cops or security guards in the near future, the company does see them as assistants to human security teams. The startup currently rents each five-foot, 300-pound K5 unit out for $6.25 per hour (or less than minimum wage). However, teenagers or others tempted to kick or push the robots over may be shocked to find the robots can talk back to them, capture their behavior on film and alert authorities behind the scenes as well.

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Alex DeLarge

first one of these bitches i peep is getting zapped with an EMF ziprod and tagged with some ironlak gold,thens bent over and robo raped!

Blaine Bosserman

Exterminate, Exterminate, EXTERMINATE!

Blaine Bosserman



To tell you the truth, I would feel safer encountering one of them bot’s rather one of our roidhead, trigger happy,revenue generating boys in blue.


All according to plan. As ever more extreme laws are coming out the elites need to switch to robots to enforce them because they know that there are very few humans that will be this cruel to their fellow humans. This is also why they are bringing in ever more drones and robots in the military. Ultimately, they want a global robot army/ police force as they have written about many times.



antonio rainge


Mike Matthews



Oh goody Terminator version one… I suspect it will be a game among hackers and gangs to take them out… So they will be made smarter and stronger and even made to look like people so they blend in…. THEN we all know what eventually happens. I’ll be back!!!


This, this just ain’t good at all.
Not take jobs, is he on crack, once it can pack a fully automatic machine gun( and it will) no more human security guards.

Cory Albrecht

And the abuses by human police officers are less worse in what way?


I want to see what kind of cop this guy was because this interview just tells me he’s some asshole looking for trouble. “R2-D2” Is no snitch. This guy. “cute” no, it’s taking the integrity away from the public. It’s why we’re failing as a people.


She pronounced Dalek wrong so she’s not as much of as a nerd as she might like to think.


At least we wont feel guilty about taking life when we are forced to destroy them.. I have no problem shooting them to pieces..

Buddy Guy

Just spend less money and put security cameras all over the place. What a waste.


These look like giant diaper pails (think Diaper Genie) – LOL – I don’t know whether to be nervous about Skynet or rejoice at the photo ops. I can see a sea of sleep deprived parents being thankful that a portable disposal unit is at the mall just awaiting that dirty nappy!


Doesn’t anyone see the resemblance here to CYLONS? I mean, look at that face-slit. All kidding aside, with a vast amount of the population out of jobs and just as capable of walking corridors, carrying recording equipment and speaker systems as these robots, this seems to a bit of an exercise in “let’s see what we can do” as opposed to common sense. That companies have invested millions of dollars in these is just astounding… especially since it is predictable that only a very tiny part of the population would consider this a “good idea”. It’s their money and they… Read more »


Bring on a mask and spray paint. Better would be the expanding foam insulator spray. If you don’t want to get too close then think automatic firing paintball replica. These things are really sitting ducks. A cheap space blanket would blind them followed by a bungee cord to keep it there. If a law-abiding citizen can think this up in a minute, think of what criminals and lawless gangs will think up.


To all the people commenting here [ and newcomers ] CHINA has just unvieled their version which carries an electric charge to deal with us disgruntled malcontents refusing to take the mark of THE BEAST .
I kid you not !!!

Daniele Caruana

This is one of the worse projects I heared of. Ok, they order people to keep authorities. But where is some people’s privacy now? This is just a spy machine spying on everyone on the streets, who is watching us now? Nobody knows. This is something that is making people feel like they do not have their own privacy anymore and everything they do is now being recorded and seen by someone.


We need one of those assigned to follow every senator, congressman, lobbyist, CFR member, Bilderberger.. and steam everything live to an open internet.

THEN and only then will this be a good idea. Otherwise it is EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE. ..


Edit *stream.

Mike Matthews

nice job on that robot.