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Security in the future. Will machines replace humans?

Security in the future. Will machines replace humans?

At the pace in which the technological advancements are heading it seems inevitable that our future will look somewhat close to a sci-fi movie and such a scenario deems more plausible day by day. 

Even the economy is changing due to modern development as more labor saving devices are replacing low skilled workers due to its lower production prices and higher efficiency. But that is old news, recent development in the artificial intelligence sector has finally come close to materializing what is called computerized surveillance software which  will be capable of "eventually predicting" what an individual is going to do or even  mobile robots replacing security guards by operating using intelligence in predictable environments for limited periods of time. 

Replacement of human surveillance with computers:

Computerized surveillance can predict what people will do next, it’s called "activity forecasting” and eventually sound the alarm if the action is not permitted.

Computer software programmed to detect and report illicit behavior could eventually replace the fallible humans who monitor surveillance cameras.

It was reported last year around October that the U.S. government has funded the development of so-called automatic video surveillance technology by a pair of Carnegie Mellon University researchers who disclosed that the program has an ultimate goal of predicting what people will do in the future.

What kind of suspicious activities do the camera feeds pick up on? --- For instance, let’s say someone at an airport or bus station abandoning a bag for more than a few minutes. In this specific case, the goal for the system would have been to detect the anomalous behavior. It is similar like the unblinking eye of a surveillance camera but even more advanced as the eye of computer software monitors dozens or even thousands of security camera feeds could catch illicit activities that human operators who are expensive and can be distracted or sleepy would miss. It could also, depending on how it's implemented, raise similar privacy and civil liberty concerns.

With the development of such software some researchers even claimed that it can go further than merely recognizing whether any illicit activities are currently taking place. It will, they say, be capable of "eventually predicting" what's going to happen next.

Robots directly replacing human guards:

The strandsproject endeavors to give robots the ability to learn and adapt to their environment. The idea basically is to create service robots that will work with people and learn from long-term experiences. In order to achieve these researchers will have to understand how then how robots can understand their worlds using the information their sensors provide.For this problem, long run times are essential as they allow the robots to learn what normally happens around them every day. They are working on leading research on creating 4D maps of the environments, as well as methods for detecting changes and unusual situations and whatever is unusual about the environment depends on the context.In a security scenario, such a robot will be required to perform regular patrols and continually inspect its surroundings for variations from its normal experiences. Certain changes, such as finding a person in a restricted area, may indicate a security violation or a burglary. In a care home, a robot will be required to act as an assistant for elderly patients, fetching and carrying things while also being alert to incidents such as people falling over. It’s not just about developing a care home or security robot. Researchers are attempting to enable robots to learn from their long-term experience and their perception of how the environment unfolds in time. The technology will have many possible applications.


At the end of the day such technology will bring about spectacular changes to a great extent and are just part of the rapidly changing world we are all experiencing and technology advances are starting to come really quickly but it will never fully eliminate the need for human workers or in this case especially human security officers.  Technology is used alongside and by human workers to ensure efficient work output and in some scenarios such labor saving technology is necessary but human workers or officers will always be required. Humans are very good at adapting to changing circumstances whereas robots like routine, so we are a long way off replacing the security officer as we know them today. That’s not to say that a robot couldn’t work alongside a security officer to provide another set of eyes and ears and we do see that technology coming maybe in the next 10 or 15 years. Robots have a lot of limitations today and a lot of work is needed.



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