Sunday, July 10, 2005

A robot to watch over me

Alorie Gilbert has an interesting (if speculative) article on the use of robots as security guards, guide dogs and even to monitor children.

But Frontline isn't counting on Wal-Mart or other retail chains for future sales. It's mainly marketing its robots the way Japan's Secom does--as high-tech security guards. Richards said the company is already working with the Canadian government, several airports and an international defense contractor.

"Robots can roam the floor much more effectively than humans," Richards said. "They don't make cell phone calls, and they don't get sleepy. And you don't care if they get blown up."|Link|

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