Robot Security Guards

RoboCop is real — and gives people another reason to turn off WiFi on their phone when they’re out in the world besides saving the battery. From Shan Li’s piece at the L.A. Times, Robots are becoming security guards. ‘Once it gets arms ... it'll replace all of us’:

“Now, this is controversial,” Schenk said. “Who has their Wi-Fi on right now?”

Almost everyone raised their hands.

“The robot will access your phone and take its unique ID,” he continued. That enables companies, he said, to “white-list and blacklist” mobile devices. If someone appeared on the blacklist — say a fired employee still toting their company phone — the robot would send an alert. A bag containing a phone not on the preapproved list could indicate corporate espionage, Schenk theorized, or even a bomb.