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Robot station security guard unveiled to media ahead of Tokyo Olympics

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I'll have to be careful not to wave my hands when I speak: Foreigner moving his arms - danger!! Every Italian tourist will be spending a lot of time sprawled on the floor after being attacked by a huge metal wine bottle.

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or captures potentially violent movements of passengers

Oh good. So it will capture all those idiots I have to put up with on the trains during my commute?

such as putting up their hands as if to fight

Ah right, so that'll be me getting arrested then...

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Selfie magnet. Hope it's equipped with a tazer or a plasma rifle (40 watt range).

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Exterminate, Exterminate!!!!!

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This couldn't possibly go wrong in any predictable way whatsoever.

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Seeing the picture, I thought the robot just tased the guy, or punched him in the groin.

Reading the article was a lot less exciting.

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 powered by artificial intelligence,

Yeah, the people who came up with this idea!

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It's starting guys. Decades from now, they will look just like us, have twice our strength and will be plotting our overthrow.

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Not wishing to appear negative, but I can see drunks wanting to kick this from behind onto the tracks. Or does it have some kind of rear protection, I wonder?

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In 50-100 years, people who dare to come here will be greeted and processed in the airport by robots. They will ride on trains and taxis that are driverless. They will be served and serviced in restaurants and bars in every way by a robot. EVERYTHING will be automated.

The visitors will be on the lookout to snap a photo of an ever elusive curiousity in japan-

A real Japanese person.

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Its not a guard it is a camera on wheels. It can't guard anything.

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Cudos to the dude doubled over in laughter.

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How will this robot right itself when a drunk pushes it over? What a waste of money it's utterly useless. Employ real people.

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Aww bless !

This vacuum cleaner wouldn’t last the day in London.

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A security robot called "Perseusbot" demonstrates its ability to find someone to help in a crowd during a press preview in Tokyo on Thursday

Photo make it look like the robot zapped him with a laser

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No problem - I will just escape using stairs.

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Its probably full of other illegal things too like face scanning and name embedding.

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Wonder if it's really worth it ? Or would money have been better spent on a few extra cameras around the Station ?

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Enough with this robot fascination.

What you want them to do and the tech to do are poles apart.

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Perseusbot? Hmmm....

How about a more exciting name, like "zZAPP!" ?

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Ha, ha. 'The robots will save us' head in the sand approach rears it's naive head again.

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It looks like an oversized salt shaker. Why not make it look menacing like ED209 (a mentioned above)

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Salt shaker it does, maybe pepper has a grinder hand crank on top. It certainly isn't robo cop. Mark 1 Darleck.

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The US version will be fully armed no doubt! Shoot first ask question later.

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Equipped with a security camera powered by artificial intelligence, the robot can detect and report suspicious persons or objects at stations and is expected to help lower burdens on staff.

I am not one of those negativists who immediately denigrate all new ideas, and I accept that even the best inventions take a while to be developed into their full potential, but I fear that far from 'lowering burdens on staff' this robot will increase them, as it will flag up loads of false alarms that will have to be investigated and will need regular repair and maintenance.

It seems to be just a glorified surveillance camera, so why not simply install cameras on the walls and ceilings and equip these with AI to trigger warnings if they see anything suspicious? I suspect that this ridiculous contraption will be more of a nuisance than an asset. I'm sorry if that appears excessively Luddite!

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Looking at the photo I thought the robot had shot him with a taser. Wouldn’t that be something? “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!”

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Do you really need to dogeza in front of a robot, man?

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Why not make it look menacing like ED209 (a mentioned above)

Because it’d fall down the stairs!

“Dead or alive, you're coming with me!”

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I'd like to see this security wine bottle try & maneuver its way through Shinjuku Station (or any other major station). It might be able to avoid stationary obstacles but how about the added factor of 10,000 moving humans?

It will either bump into someone (causing outrage, deep bows, and it gets canned) or it will end up remaining stationary for large parts of the day (useless).

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For goodness sake, these are robots and Daleks are not robots. Daleks have living creatures inside them.

Stop getting Doctor Who WRONG! (with thanks to Alan Partridge.)

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Every week we read new Big stories about AI, Robots and drone technology advancing so quick in Japan. Export this high tech to the world.

Sorry Gambare Japan - it is a pile of junk with a camera attached.

Real advanced robots can do this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk-ldLVAlgI

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Next year's model should be called the ED209 (look it up).

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I'll bet Y10,000 this turns out to be garbage and will probably end up using humans to control most of what they do. Actually.... Japan's Ministry of Labor has shown that it doctored the number of handicapped individuals on their payrolls... overseeing these robots would be a good job for a handicapped individual.

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The Daleks are here. I hope that they do not exterminate.

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The robot will patrol station platforms and combine security camera footage with onboard AI to detect and report suspicious people or objects.

Perseusbot can send alerts to the smartphones of security staff and is being trained to recognise unattended items and ‘aggressive’ movements by travellers.

Earth Eye’s technology has previously been used to detect shoplifters. The company’s website outlines how AI can be used in conjunction with video feeds as a preventative measure, to “detect and notify suspicious behaviour as soon as possible… it shows the deterrent effect of preventing crime in advance.”

--- https://internetofbusiness.com/train-robots-uk-japan/

IOW, yes, it has facial recognition software.

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Employ real people.

And let foreigners in, permanently?? Never!

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To compact privacy invasion spray paint the camera.

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For goodness sake, these are robots and Daleks are not robots. Daleks have living creatures inside them.

Perhaps it a cross between a Dalek and a cyber man.

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Face recognition data collection prototype posing as something else. How cute.

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Because it’d fall down the stairs!“Dead or alive, you're coming with me!”

I hope it was made by Omni Consumer Products

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What if they go rogue?

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what the heck....don't Japan have their own legends? Whats up with Japan? It is not a big deal but still....most people in the world let alone Japanese probably never heard about this greek legend

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Ex_ResOct. 26 12:54 am JSTFor goodness sake, these are robots and Daleks are not robots. Daleks have living creatures inside them.

Perhaps it a cross between a Dalek and a cyber man.

No it ain't. And this is no Terminator either. It 's not a cyberborg and it doesn't talk or look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's a robot. It does dirty work, dangerous jobs.

Domo arigato, Mister Roboto.

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Patricia Yarrow

Interpret it in anyway that makes you happy.

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MlodinowOct. 25 10:44 pm JSTI'd like to see this security wine bottle try & maneuver its way through Shinjuku Station (or any other major station). It might be able to avoid stationary obstacles but how about the added factor of 10,000 moving humans?

It will either bump into someone (causing outrage, deep bows, and it gets canned) or it will end up remaining stationary for large parts of the day (useless).

Not so useless. It probably is programmed to sense and 'register' when there's any 'funny' or 'unusual' activity going on. If nothing else, it can record it and somebody can 'rewind/replay' and catch something 'funky'.

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Next year's model should be called the ED209

The Daleks are here. I hope that they do not exterminate.

What's with appropriating these Western robot memes? Japan's got plenty of home-grown robots to choose from: Gigantor, Gundams, Voltoms, and Arm Slaves (just to name a few.)

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nandakandamandaOct. 25 04:21 pm JSTNot wishing to appear negative, but I can see drunks wanting to kick this from behind onto the tracks. Or does it have some kind of rear protection, I wonder?

It might be able to detect heat or a sense of nervous anxiety energy behind itself, which could be a 'sign' of incoming aggressive intent or behavior. Or for that matter maybe it can sense an odor of too much booze in the immediate area. Just a hunch but the technology probably exists for something like that.

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In 50-100 years, people who dare to come here will be greeted and processed in the airport by robots. They will ride on trains and taxis that are driverless. They will be served and serviced in restaurants and bars in every way by a robot. EVERYTHING will be automated.

Except it will probably be robots coming to visit Japan...

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It seems to be just a glorified surveillance camera, so why not simply install cameras on the walls and ceilings and equip these with AI to trigger warnings if they see anything suspicious? I suspect that this ridiculous contraption will be more of a nuisance than an asset. I'm sorry if that appears excessively Luddite!

Security cameras can be a backup in case something goes wrong with the droid, and vice versa.

theFritzXOct. 25 10:17 pm JSTWhat if they go rogue?

not likely. That would take some doing at the least and besides, robots cannot tell what is good or evil. This machine sees a man pretending to be hurt and that's what it's programmed to respond to. Anything else would probably register as 'OK'. With all the intricate and complex programming involving in machines like this, the chances of it 'going evil' is practically nil.

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Fabulous, I love PerseusBot! A few of these in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Ueno Stations to begin the trial. Then, they should patrol major crossings, for instance Shibuya.

Every week we read new Big stories about AI, Robots and drone technology advancing so quick in Japan. Export this high tech to the world.

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