“The night watchman of the future is five feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2-D2—without the whimsy,” The New York Times reports in a feature about a California company’s mobile robot. Knightscope’s K5 Autonomous Data Machine, to be unveiled Thursday, has been developed “as a safety and security tool for corporations, as well as for schools and neighborhoods,” the report states. Some see such a move as “an entry point to a post-Orwellian, post-privacy world,” the report states, quoting the Electronic Privacy and Information Center Marc Rotenberg as saying, “This is like R2-D2’s evil twin.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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