04 September 2022

Season 3, Episode 18. Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs) with William Santana Li

Welcome to Innovation Meets Leadership! I’m your host, Natalie Born. In this episode, William Santana Li of Knightscope discusses the importance of innovation in public safety and why robotics is the solution to crime and terrorism. ASRs provide real-time surveillance across multiple locations and are designed to help law enforcement be a lot more effective at doing their job. He also offers insights on where the technology is heading and encourages us to pursuing our passions and focus on adding value to society.


William Santana Li is an American entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience and has a broad and deep range of expertise gained from several global assignments in the automotive sector and a number of startups. He is presently the Chairman and CEO of Knightscope, developer of crime-fighting Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs). 


[00:22] Combating Crime and Terrorism Through Robotics

  • William shares their backstory and inspiration

    • How 9/11 affected him

    • There is a lack of accountability when a crime happens

    • In contrast with the military, there is a lack of innovation and human resources when it comes to security on our own soil

  • ASRs have the ability to be the eyes, ears, and voice on the ground in multiple locations at the same time, and serve as physical deterrence

  • Who would benefit from ASRs?

[07:23] The Technology Behind ASRs

  • Breaking down how ASRs work

    • How they can go beyond what any human could possibly do

  • Don’t believe the media! Robots will not be replacing humans

    • The human element matters in terms of decision-making and enforcement

  • It’s important to put focus on our communities and streets because criminals and terrorists also use sophisticated technology

[12:38] Securing the Future

  • The easiest way to predict the future is to just create it

  • William talks about her entrepreneurial journey and the company’s vision

    • It took time to build the technology but they’re already seeing the impact 

    • They still need a lot of support

  • His advice to entrepreneurs: find what you’re passionate about

[22:11]  Closing Segment

  • Connect with William!


Key Quotes:“When someone shoots up a school or movie theater, or some horrifying crime occurs every few seconds, either violent crime or property crime, who gets fired? No one, right? Because no one's accountable. And so that's a problem.”


“The best thing you can do as an entrepreneur is ignore all those people and go will into existence and force what you want to happen to happen.” - William Santana Li


“Life is short. Do what you love and make a big impact.” - William Santana Li


“In order to fix the problem, which is crime and terrorism, it has to be software plus hardware plus humans. You need the machines to do the monotonous and computationally-heavy stuff that no human can do, and you need the humans to do the decision-making and enforcement.” - William Santana Li


Connect with William 

Website: https://www.knightscope.com/ 

Want to see the ASRs up close and personal? Check out: https://www.knightscope.com/roadshow/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wsantanali

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamsantanali   


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