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The new guards of Silicon Valley: Robots

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>> {SOUND]. The future of Robocop on the way? These kind of adorable robot guards have been popping up in Silicon Valley, including a slight run-in with a toddler at a mall this week in Palo Alto. The company behind them? Knightscope.>> I'm Reuters', Jane Lanhee Lee in Mountain View.
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Robots conjure up hope and fear at the same time. So the cute looks help. What does it do? It roams around the ground and has all these sensors and cameras. The more it roams, the more it detects a normal pattern. And any thing that deviates from that pattern will get notified and sent to your mobile phone along with live streaming video.
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>> Co-founder Stacey Stevens, an ex Dallas cop, saw the need for a machine that could help bring down crime and lower risk for security personnel.>> The robots are good at monotonous, boring, and sometimes dangerous work, as what you saw in Dallas. They had to use a robot.
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They had no other choice than to use that robot to end that hostile situation. We draw a very thick red line between weaponization and what we do.>> Stevens also says he will avoid working with the military or NSA types, so other private clients don't worry they're being watched by them.
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The robot guards costs just seven dollars an hour to hire and have already been used at Qualcomm and Uber facilities. So don't be surprised if the next concerns are about them taking away jobs as they start to show up in large numbers. And if you're thinking about stealing one of these 300 pound machines, they will tell you off.
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ep away from the machine now.>> And notify the owner to come and get you.