uberRobots make compliant workers. They need mechanics, not sick days or human resource managers. They never demand fair working conditions, or legal protections, or strike if those needs aren’t met.

Ride-coordinating service Uber is investing heavily in the development of autonomous cars to replace human drivers with robots. That technology is still a ways off, but that doesn’t mean they can’t put robots to work right away, as security guards.

The robot is a K5, a 300-pound security robot made by Silicon Valley start-up Knightscope. It’s a stand-in for a human security guard. Stacy Stephens, Knightscope’s VP of marketing, says Uber is a recent customer of the company.

The robot has apparently patrolled an Uber inspection lot in San Francisco, possibly as a technology demonstration that could lead to a long-term contract.  More

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