San Francisco animal shelter hires robot to keep homeless people away

One of the largest animal rights organizations in the US aims to eliminate animal homelessness in San Francisco, California. Now it is using a robot to deter homeless humans from setting up tents on its property.

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) hired a robot to alert authorities when homeless people set up encampments in its parking lot and in the sidewalks surrounding its building.

Rather than using physical force to remove homeless people and their belongings, the robot uses a system of lasers, cameras, a thermal sensor and GPS to alert the authorities. At five feet tall and weighing 500 pounds, the robot can read up to 300 license plates per minute and send alerts when it identifies people on a “blacklist.”

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  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    “At five feet tall and weighing 500 pounds, the robot can read up to 300 license plates per minute and send alerts when it identifies people on a “blacklist.””

    Nope. No potential for misuse there!
    How does one get ON the “blacklist” and more importantly how does one get OFF it?
    Is this only enforced against white homeless people?
    Hispanics and POCs are covered by ‘Frisco’s sanctimonious sanctuary laws.
    San Francisco is America’s “sanctimonious city”.
    Please ‘Great Quake of 1906’ come back, all is forgiven!

    • This is the future, facial recognition will be used for targeted assassination of undesirables.

      • Watchman

        Worked on Osama bin Laden, which means that his remaining alive in the town of Abbottabad gives a hint to his undesirability to the locals there.

  • top_cat_james

    Snitches Get Glitches.

  • Watchman
  • Hard Little Machine

    Seems like a racist exclusionary policy though I applaud their prevention of people eating meat.

  • moraywatson

    This is one of those cultural appropriation micro-aggression thingies, right? Homeless human privilege needs to be ‘checked’ !

  • Malcolm Y

    Physical description of robot resembles that of a typical SJW/cat lady.

  • Literally Hitler

    So Trigglybot abides by “four legs good, two legs bad” motto? Wouldn’t want any human in a shelter when there are homeless animals.