Six years ago, I predicted that Knightscope robots (Daleks) might replace police officers and it appears, that I was right.
According to CBS Los Angeles, the Huntington Park Police Department is using a Knightscope K5 robot to patrol public areas like parks and city buildings.
The Huntington Park Police robot, dubbed "HP Robocop" comes equipped with 360-degree high-definition cameras that allow police officers to spy on people in public places.
According to KTLA 5, Mayor Karina Macias is very excited to have police robots spy on people,
"I'm very excited that we can officially call on HP RoboCop to help our police officers patrol our city, I am certainly impressed with HP RoboCop and can't wait to see it in action. I'm already a big fan!"
And why shouldn't she be excited?
The Knightscope 5 website makes no effort to hide the fact that their robots are designed to spy on people in public places such as:
Logistics Facilities Manufacturing Plants,
Commercial Property Warehouses,
Data Centers, Auto Auctions,
and Parking Structures
Police will also use Robocop's thermal imaging cameras to spy on everyone and blacklist or whitelist cars and people. That's because Knightscope's K5 comes equipped with "quad automatic license plate recognition that whitelist, blacklist, excluded and unknown plates."