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Police Robot on Patrol Completely Ignores Woman Trying to Summon The Police
ScienceAlert ^ | 10/10/2019 | Dan Robitzki

Posted on 10/12/2019 9:04:46 AM PDT by simpson96

Those Knightscope security robots may not be so great at their jobs.

When a woman in a park near Los Angeles saw people fighting and tried to summon help via a police robot patrolling nearby, the robot merely told her to "step out of the way" and continued along its pre-determined route, according to NBC News.

No help came until the spectators called 911 directly, raising the question of what, if any, function these robots are actually supposed to serve.

It turns out that the robot, a K5 model named "HP RoboCop", patrols the park on behalf of the police department - but doesn't have any way of summoning human officers to the scene, Huntingdon Park police chief Cosme Lozano told NBC.

Instead, he said, calls go to Knightscope - and will continue to do so until the police department develops protocols for handling calls made through the police bot. It's surprising news, given that the robot has been patrolling the park since June.

The fact that people assume the robot, which has the word "police" emblazoned on it in large letters, can connect them to the police department reveals just how nebulous these robots are. Especially when they pop up without any sort of public education to go alongside them.

"Are we going to get in trouble if we touch it?" park visitor Violete Alvaraz posed to NBC. "Who's guiding it? I don't know how it works. Should I still call 911?"


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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: boondoggle; conehead; dalek; drwho; helpless; hewlettpackard; hp; police; robocop; robot; suppository; technology

1 posted on 10/12/2019 9:04:46 AM PDT by simpson96
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To: simpson96

What will happen if the robot gets stuck in a pile of poop?


2 posted on 10/12/2019 9:07:54 AM PDT by oldasrocks (Heavily Medicated for your Protection.)
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To: simpson96

There is a Firesign Theater comedy skit about something like this. It was made in the 60’s.; Basically a bunch of kids destroy it as it constantly asks them to please not to. :)

If I lived there and I was this woman’s husband, I’d probably destroy one of them, while disguised, of course.


3 posted on 10/12/2019 9:11:49 AM PDT by cuban leaf (We're living in Dr. Zhivago but without the love triangle)
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To: simpson96

Maybe they shouldn’t paint “POLICE” in big letters on it, then.


4 posted on 10/12/2019 9:13:21 AM PDT by The Pack Knight
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To: simpson96

It’s a dalek...Exterminate!


5 posted on 10/12/2019 9:15:54 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: simpson96

6 posted on 10/12/2019 9:20:13 AM PDT by TADSLOS (You know why you can enjoy a day at the Zoo? Because walls work.)
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To: simpson96

They were fixated on a donut shop across the street.


7 posted on 10/12/2019 9:24:20 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx D)
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To: simpson96

I’d like to see what would happen if someone came up behind it and put a big garbage bag over it.........LOL!


8 posted on 10/12/2019 9:27:11 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I'm in the cleaning business.......I launder money)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I’d like to see what would happen if someone came up behind it and put a big garbage bag over it.........LOL!

It becomes "HoboCop" and starts looking for a shopping cart.

9 posted on 10/12/2019 9:32:50 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the Left, The Truth is Right Wing Extremism.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

It’s got cameras looking 4 directions so you’d need to wear a mask... but then again, given they forgot to rig these so they could summon help, so maybe they aren’t set to record anything either.


10 posted on 10/12/2019 9:36:53 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

You could have the kids throw hula hoops at it for a donut prize


11 posted on 10/12/2019 9:39:32 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: simpson96

Where’s Tipper when you need her?


12 posted on 10/12/2019 9:42:31 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: sasquatch

RobotTipping, because cityfolk need hobbies.


13 posted on 10/12/2019 9:48:32 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Read ... THEN comment.)
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To: piasa

LOL!


14 posted on 10/12/2019 10:00:11 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I'm in the cleaning business.......I launder money)
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To: oldasrocks
"What will happen if the robot gets stuck in a pile of poop?"

Robot Security Guard Commits Suicide in Public Fountain

15 posted on 10/12/2019 10:19:01 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: simpson96

It’s for surveillance, nothing more.


16 posted on 10/12/2019 11:33:52 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: simpson96
Maybe they should arm those things


17 posted on 10/12/2019 11:36:12 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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To: simpson96

So that’s what they call “artificial intelligence.”

Actually, the people who created tham and deployed them are stupider than the software they created.

These are the people who are working on software for “driverless cars.”


18 posted on 10/12/2019 11:51:30 AM PDT by I want the USA back (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. Orwell.)
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To: simpson96

Security theater, they call it?


19 posted on 10/12/2019 12:50:20 PM PDT by Mr. Blond
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To: simpson96

20 posted on 10/12/2019 2:29:17 PM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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