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posted by mrpg on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:06AM   Printer-friendly
from the hack-the-animal-planet dept.

Source: Animal shelter faces backlash after using robot to scare off homeless people:

The San Francisco branch of the SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) hired a K5 robot built by Knightscope to patrol the sidewalks outside its facilities. According to a report from the San Francisco Business Times, the robot was deployed as a “way to try dealing with the growing number of needles, car break-ins and crime that seemed to emanate from nearby tent encampments of homeless people.”

[...] The robot in question is equipped with four cameras, moves at a pace of three miles per hour, and is cheaper than a human security guard — costing around $6 an hour to rent. Knightscope’s bots are some of the most popular robot guards around and have popped up in the news in the past. The same model of robot previously knocked over a toddler in a mall and fell into a fountain in DC. Knightscope says its robots are intended as deterrents, and for providing mobile surveillance.

[...] According to the SPCA, attacks have already taken place, with Scarlett telling the Business Times that within a week of the robot starting its duties, some people “put a tarp over it, knocked it over and put barbecue sauce on all the sensors.” One Twitter user reported seeing the robot with feces smeared on it.


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:28AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:28AM (#610671)

    K5 needs to build a model that captures and renders homeless bums into pet food. The SFSPCA could then realize savings on operating expenses.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday December 16 2017, @11:05AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @11:05AM (#610676) Homepage Journal

    I was thinking something along those lines. K5 is a candy ass. He needs to carry a shark with frikking lasers on it's head or something. Then people would be bitching about cruelty to sharks?

    On the other hand, those homeless people are also candy asses. Can't they get a shark with a frikking laser on it's head to take care of the bot? Maybe they need a super hero - https://comicvine.gamespot.com/articles/off-my-mind-when-superheroes-become-homeless/1100-142948/ [gamespot.com]

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