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Here’s a terrifying glimpse into the future: A 136kg robot mall cop

Security guards, the end is nigh: Robot overlords are coming to take your jobs. A five-foot tall robot has been given a new job as a mall cop at a shopping centre in California, prompting passers by to take photos of it for Instagram and use the hashtag #securityrobot.

Robots have already begun delivering pizza and replacing fast food workers, but this is the first time robots have been assigned to the enforcement and security industry.

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The mall cop robot – a K5 model created by Knightscope – isn’t armed with a gun, but instead high-definition cameras that give it 360-degree vision.

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It also has a thermal camera, license plate recognition system, microphones and person recognition capabilities. 
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rnThe way the robot works is described as: “It patrols within a geofenced area using its sensors to alert security professionals of potential threats. Each machine has 360-degree high definition video for both day and low light; thermal imaging; two-way audio with public address, intercom and broadcast; license plate recognition; and people detection — to name a few [of its attributes].”
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rnThe robot can be rented by businesses for around US$7 an hour. 
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