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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Japanese Robot Security Guards

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(MSNBC) In an idea straight out of science fiction, robots could soon begin patrolling Japanese offices, shopping malls and banks to keep them safe from intruders. Equipped with a camera and sensors, the "Guardrobo D1", developed by Japanese security firm Sohgo Security Services Co., is designed to patrol along pre-programmed paths and keep an eye out for signs of trouble.

Although the idea brings back memories of Robo Cop (if not 'The Matrix' and 'The Terminator') having robots guard shops may prove to be effective as long as they can distinguish friend from foe (perhaps an ID system like Verichip may have to be implemented along with this). The current "Guardrobo D1" model is not equipped with any weapons (probably a good thing) but will alert it's human masters if it senses any trouble.

"In the near future, it is certain that securing young and capable manpower will become even more difficult ... and the security industry will feel the full brunt of the impact," [Sohgo Security Services Co.] said in a statement.

Although it is doubtful that machines will take on the full weight of security (as hackers would have fun causing chaos via an attack droid) the robots would over the long run probably reduce expenses for security systems, as they could operate for longer periods of time than their human counterparts.

Photo from MSNBC, Credits: Issei Kato / Reuters

The public would probably reject using robots as a major influence of security as Hollywood seems to be fascinated with machines taking over human society as 'I, Robot' can reveal. Japan seems to be generally more accepting of robot security than the United States, although the Pentagon would probably consider using "machine soldiers" as an addition to the human ones dispersed throughout the globe. As long as "robot distopia" does not develop from this result, this may become more common place in the near future.

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Wow! Where can I get myself one of those!! It would be so nice to have something to clean the litterbox with! jk. See ya around brother!


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