After making a stage presentation featuring the security robot K5 from Knightscope, Paul Mampilly sat down with Knighscope CEO William Santana Li for an interview about the 5 foot tall, four hundred pound robot, it’s technology and the future of the K% robot.
Li has said that some people ask him to bring his robot for a demonstration and simply don’t understand the size of the K5, suggesting he just bring on an airplane as a piece of luggage, which Li tells them is impossible. Paul Mampilly says it’s a good size for a security robot since it is too large to be physically manhandled by a human being.
Paul Mampilly points out that he has been interested in robots and robotics as an investment opportunity for some time and asks Li to provide some details on robotics for the reader. Li, a former executive at Ford Motors, believes that the next 10 years will see more advances in robotics and technology than the past 100 years have given us, and wanted to be involved in the robotics side of things for its profitability and because he is personally interested in the technology himself.
The two discuss the profitability of self-driving technology, with Li pointing out that there are at least 50 different companies researching it with a total investment of over $80 billion across the board. Paul Mampilly agrees with assessment while Li claims that Knightscope is the only profitable company developing the technology, achieved by taking a broad but focused approach to overcoming the problems with self-driving technology.
Boen in New York, Li says another motivator for him was the 9/11 attacks. Li wants to move the country into a new era of safety provided by robotics technology, a focus of Knightscope. By providing private security options at a steep discount to hiring security guards- which Li points out are largely unregulated and have a sizable turnover rate, he hopes to revolutionize the security sector into something safer and more profitable for Knightscope by giving employers a robotic alternative to the human security guard business model.
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