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So, I was reading this story online about about Sohgo Security, a Japanese company, is developing a robot for security purposes — to patrol buildings at night and check for intruders. Apparently the cool thing about these robots is that they’re powered by fuel cells.

But truthfully, what surprised me more is how much they look like Daleks from the BBC’s televised version of Doctor Who. I mean, it’s kinda uncanny: The garbage-can shape, the little wheels for motion concealed under the metal skirt. Even the function of the robots seems oddly Dalek-like:

The robot sends alarm signals to a security center when it detects flame within 10 meters and people within 8 meters. It also intimidates possible thieves with alarms, flashing lights and loud recordings of the words “thief” and “wait.”

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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