What can robots do better than humans? Weld auto bodies? Inspect suspicious packages? Take your cat for a spin? Humans still hold the advantage in most occupations, but with each passing year, the march of the robots progresses a little bit closer to home.
Enter the Knightscope K5 security robot, and as it glides your way, don't try anything stupid--because it's watching you. As of this summer, 24 of these five-foot-tall, 300-pound security minders have been deployed around Silicon Valley on corporate campuses and in data centers, and in one highly publicized event last May, two K5s patrolled the Stanford Shopping Center. That's right. The K5 is gunning (so to speak) for mall cops...or at least to act as an assistant mall cop.