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Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some

• CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State Area.

The robotic protectors can see what you're doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy concerns, CBS2's Clark Fouraker reported Tuesday.

One of the models, named "Rosie," uses the same technology as a self-driving car to patrol the sidewalks at the Lefrak City Apartments in Queens.

rosie the robot on patrol Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some

Rosie the robot on patrol in the Lefrak City Apartments in Queens. (credit: CBS2)

"This is a crazy combination of artificial intelligence, self-driving autonomous technology, robotics, and analytics in something that's actually useful for society," said Knightscope CEO William Santana Li.

Li's company has built three robot models in the United States, and is introducing them to customers inside a new showroom at 47th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

They're also deployed at LaGuardia Airport.

"I thought it was pretty cool, but I didn't even know what it really was," Connie Ruan said. "I thought it was just patrolling around."

Each robot has five cameras, four of which help the robot see things. The other is used to get thermal imaging data. All of the information gathered goes to an internet-based portal that helps local security forces on the ground.

"The law enforcement apparatus is not going to scale," Li said. "You can't keep adding more people, and we're going to add more people and more officers. It's not going to happen. Society literally can't afford this."

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