Machine vs. manpower
To push adoption, Knightscope won't be selling its K5 directly. Instead, it will be leasing out its robots on an hourly basis, at price of $1,000 per 40-hour week per month, or only $6.25 an hour.
That pricing model -- more cost-effective than a typically non-unionized security guard -- situates Knightscope directly in the middle of the ongoing and hotly contested debate over automation, and whether the impact of replacing human workers with robots will be ultimately positive or negative.
"Let the human do the strategic work, and the machines do the monotonous and sometimes dangerous work," Li said on the topic of automation.
December 5, 2013 11:30 AM PST
Photo by: Knightscope
| Caption by: Nick Statt
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