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Robot Wages War on the Homeless, the Homeless Fight Back

December 13, 2017

By Anthony Cuthbertson : newsweek – excerpt

The fleet of laser-equipped robots patrolling parking lots and company campuses in San Francisco has met resistance from the city’s homeless population, after one machine was deployed to prevent tent encampments from forming.

According to the San Francisco Business Times, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals began using one of the robots in its parking lots and along the sidewalks around its premises in early November to prevent homeless people from settling there.

But within a week, people attempting to set up a camp took offense at the robot and attacked it. SPCA President Jennifer Scarlett told the publication that the people “put a tarp over [the robot], knocked it over and put barbecue sauce on all the sensors.”…

Some local residents also reportedly took issue with the robots, saying the machines disturb their pets and pose a danger to public safety…(more)

And a danger to jobs as well. Today I walked past the SPCA and noted a human guard in the parking lot. Perhaps the homeless saved human job.

 

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