The next timeyou go shopping for groceries, the security guard at your local shopping mall couldhave a sidekick, one that can literarilycarry the security guard on its shoulders and workaround the clock with no sleep, no complaining, and no pay. At this year’s ConsumerElectronics Show (CES), which is held every January at the Las Vegas ConventionCenter in Las Vegas, Turing Videointroduced its brand-new security robot, Nimbo. Built on the Segway Robotics’ mobilityplatform and enhanced with state-of-the-art machine learning and industry-leadingsensors, Nimbo promises to reshape security with robotics and artificialintelligence (AI). Unlike othersecurity robots, such as the 220-pound humanoid robot by PAL Robotics of Spain orthe R2-D2 lookalike from Knightscope,Nimbo is a very compact and, well, nimble robot.
Its body measures only 25inches across, allowing it to navigate throughcrowded areas agilely, and its rugged wheels help it cross rough terrainand climb over small obstacles like speed bumps. But Nimbo’s biggestselling point is its ability to carry a passenger at up to 11 MPH. This meansthat the robot can autonomously patrol a marked area, use its computer visionto spot an intruder, instantly collect evidence and alert security personnel, and then tactically retreat andtransport a human security guard to the place where the intruder was spottedthe last.With securityrobots such as Nimbo, security guards could become much more productive becausethey leave the job of patrolling to robots and only deal with incidents thatactually require human intervention.
And it’s not just security guards whocould use help from robots. The police have been eying robots for quite sometime now, hoping they could report crimes to and kick-start real-life human investigations. For example, Dubai is planningto recruit enough robots to make up 25 percent of its police force by 2030, as reportedby CNN.In fact, theglobal market for security robots isexpected to grow from $1.9 billion in 2016 to around $3.8 billion by the end of2015, accordingto TMR.
Considering these numbers,it’s likely that the change in technology will impact us in ways we’ve neverthought about before. AMcKinsey report from January 2017 estimates that 1.1 billion employeesaround the world could lose their jobs because of automation and technologysuch as the Nimbo security robot.
And withincreasingly more money being invested in AI by some of the largest techcompanies in the world, as well as the rapid growth of the Internet of Things(IoT), which is the network of Internet-enabled physical devices, the future ofautomation is looking brighter than ever. Because therapid pace of technological progress cannot be slowed down, individuals andorganizations alike must remain flexible in their thinking and nimble in howthey react to these emerging technologies. While some will inevitablyexperience the negative consequences of automation, the possibility to createmany meaningful opportunities across virtually all industries is very real andachievable.