For those concerned about AI and robots taking our jobs, this one’s for you. New York City ended a trial with a 400-pound surveillance robot named K5 after six months. The robot, which looked like an egg and couldn’t climb stairs, was supposed to patrol subway stations at night to deter crime, without needing breaks. Despite its features, including video recording and a live help button, many saw it as a gimmick rather than a real security tool. Critics argued it was a waste of $12,500, and raised serious privacy concerns. The robot spent much of its time in storage or with a police escort, limiting its autonomy. Police use of robots and drones is increasing, but so is my skepticism and concerns about privacy and safety.

Privacy advocates have criticized the ‘trash can on wheels.’

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