Clifton Institute in California is hiring a ‘robot’ to help with the prison’s automated security systems, according to the website.
Clifton is one of many federal prisons across the US, including the New Jersey State Correctional Institution and the California Correctional Institution in Ventura, California.
The federal prison has recently started to employ robots, but it’s the first to have one on staff.
According to the Federal Correctional Institution, it uses a combination of automation and human-operated technologies to manage its complex correctional facility.
In order to help its staff, the prison is hiring the “super robot” as a “person of high integrity, intelligence and responsibility”.
Clive Hickey, the head of the Clifmont Institute of Technology, told the Associated Press that the robot is part of a team that “is actively engaged with our staff and the communities of Cliffield”.
“Our robots do things like help us with the scheduling, to assist with the paperwork and to take down our mailboxes,” Hickey said.
“We also have a number of automated security cameras and surveillance systems.
He added that the super robot will help “with scheduling, communication, security and maintenance”.
In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said it was “deeply impressed” by the new job and “in consultation with our suppliers we have hired a super robot to help ensure the safety and security of the prison”.
The agency said it had hired an additional human “super” to “monitor the robot”.
As well as the robot, the department said it is “developing a robot support team” that will help with “human resource management, technology, and human resource training”.
It also announced that a “robotic security system will be built in order to provide human interaction to the prison staff and their families”.
What are the security systems at federal prisons?
Federal prisons, such as the New York City’s John F Kennedy Correctional Facility, have their own security systems that are overseen by an independent security force.
However, the federal government is investing millions of dollars to upgrade the systems across the country.
A system of “security sensors” was created in 2016 and is used to check for intruders, but a new system is being built at Clifmona to be more “frictionless and secure”.
The new system will use “three layers of sensors” to detect people walking into the facility and “monitor and alert on the status of the sensor in real time”.
While the new system has yet to be rolled out, the technology has been tested in other federal prisons and is said to be “very secure”.
A new federal system for automated surveillance is also being built.
The Federal Bureau for Prisons says the system will include “multiple layers of cameras and microphones” and is “fully automated and completely self-sufficient”.
Why is the federal prison hiring a robot?
The government has previously said it would spend more than $3bn (£2.8bn) to upgrade its facilities and staff, but some of those funds have already been diverted to the Cliftons.
Last month, it was revealed that the federal prisons were spending about $1bn to hire robots to monitor and assist inmates.
Many of those robots are being fitted with cameras and other sensors that can help them identify people and even to alert on their movements.
One of the robots will be able to detect movement that could pose a threat to the security of other prisoners.
Meanwhile, Cliferton is also investing in more automation in the prison.
Its robot is set to be able “to detect when prisoners are moving from one area to another” and can also detect when inmates are “sitting on the toilet or sitting on the floor”.
How much do federal prisons pay robots?
The National Institutes of Health has warned that automation could lead to the “death of humans” within 10 years.
Some robots, including those used by the federal agency, have already started to make a living in the US.
Robots are also being deployed at state and local jails, which are already working to make use of robots.
As of October, there were about 20,000 robots deployed at federal correctional facilities across the United States, according the US Sentencing Commission.
What do inmates think about robots?
Some inmates are sceptical about the technology.
There are fears that a lot of robots will soon be deployed to monitor inmates.
Some inmates have also criticised the technology, arguing that it has already caused “social unrest”.
However inmates in the Cline and Santa Ana jails have also expressed their support for robots, saying that they are a positive force for society.
Is there a shortage of humans in federal prisons or does the robot shortage help explain why?
There is no shortage of human beings