They may be annoying, but the bots could serve an important purpose.
Over and Over
"The security robot is patrolling. Ding-ding. Ding-ding. The security robot is patrolling. Ding-ding. Ding-ding."
That's what Olympic attendees will hear ad nauseam when they step onto the platforms of Tokyo's train stations in 2020. The source: Perseusbot, a robot security guard Japanese developers unveiled to the press on Thursday.
Observe and Report
According to reporting by Kyodo News, the purpose of the AI-powered Perseusbot is to lower the burden on the stations' staff when visitors flood Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics.
The robot is roughly 5.5 feet tall and equipped with security cameras that allow it to note suspicious behaviors, such as signs of violence breaking out or unattended packages, as it autonomous patrols the area. It can then alert security staff to the issues by sending notifications directly to their smart phones.
Just like the athletes who will head to Tokyo in 2020, Perseusbot already has a training program in the works — it'll patrol Tokyo's Seibu Shinjuku Station from November 26 to 30. This dry run should give the bot's developers a chance to work out any kinks before 2020.
If all goes as hoped, the bot will be ready to annoy attendees with its incessant chant before the Olympic torch is lit. And, you know, keep everyone safe, too.
READ MORE: Robot Station Security Guard Unveiled Ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics [Kyodo News]
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