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The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno welcomes a security robot

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The time has come; the world is officially starting to replace employees with robots. More specifically - the police. You can now see at least fifty security robots (also referred to as K5) in the U.S created by a company called Knightscope. A strange looking egg-shaped machine costs $7 an hour to rent and $60,000-$70,000 annually. That’s a little less than an officer makes per year, so it’s pretty cost-effective, to say the least.

The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno welcomes a security robot
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno. Photo: grandsierraresort.com

In Reno, Nevada, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino has recently welcomed the clumsy creation on board and named the new ‘security guard’ Jackbot. The Knightscope K5 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR) has 360-degree view cameras, two-way communication ability, thermal imaging, and an emergency call button and will now be assisting the casino in keeping peace and calm. Jackbot will be helping security officers at the facility keep track of any suspicious activity.

This seems like an excellent addition to the casino, as the Grand Sierra Resort has almost 2,000 hotel rooms and suites and hosts the largest casino floor in Northern Nevada. So a little help from the machine may help the guests feel more secure and keep unwanted trouble out of sight.

Why clumsy? Well, the machines have been reported to ride over people’s feet, completely ignore people who call for help, and one security robot attempted suicide and drove itself into a water fountain. There was no explanation as to why the robot decided to end it all, but it’s not surprising. Cyberbullying perhaps? It’s a brutal world to live in.

Despite the gracelessness of the robots, they actually perform some clever functions. K5 has microphones, cameras, and various sensors and even lets out a siren when it starts chasing the bad guys. So hopefully, Jackbot won’t be knocking guests down as they’re pulling the levers on the slot machines.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino isn’t the first facility to welcome the buddy guards. Pechanga Resort and Casino and Twin Arrows casino already hired the robots to do the honorable works on their premises.

Casinos are on the list of the top surveilled places due to constant heist attempts, cheating, and other criminal activity. Perhaps the machines will have an eye to spot things that are difficult to catch with a naked eye. Extra surveillance is never a bad thing, and if anything - it’s better for a robot to get harmed or shot at rather than a security guard.

So if you’re ever at a casino and see something like EVE from WALL-E roll up right behind you, don’t get scared - the buddy guard is just checking up on you and making sure you’re safe.

The malfunctions in K5 robots should be fixed in no time, as there is now a demand for them, and Knightscope is working night and day to make the machines as efficient and precise as humanly possible.

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