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