There are now robots chasing away homeless people in San Francisco

Tech continues to push San Francisco residents out of their city. Now it’s getting even more serious.

A company called Knightscope has created a security robot that’s being used to push homeless people away from the campuses of certain companies offices. As reported by San Francisco Business Times, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) office in San Francisco was using the robots to deter homeless people from setting up camp around its parking lots and sidewalks. Other companies besides the animal shelter, such as Microsoft and Uber, rent out the robots for use on their campuses as well. As Popular Science notes, the bots can be rented out for less than minimum wage.

Sam Dodge of San Francisco Public Works recorded a video of the security robot and posted it to Twitter. Check it out below.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Cars pass the encampment of a man whose been homeless for about two years on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a 20 percent jump in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Homeless people mill around on a Skid Row sidewalk after packing up their tents for the day and before businesses open on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a 20 percent jump in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: A bus passes homeless encampments on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a 20 percent jump in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: A homeless man returns to his encampment on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a 20 percent jump in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Workers stand at the edge of a construction site near the sidewalk encampments of homeless people, some of whom say they will be forced to leave when the project is finished, on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a dramatic jump of 20 in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: A worker looks down into a construction site near homeless sidewalk encampments on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a dramatic jump of 20 in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Cranes rise over a construction site near sidewalk homeless encampments on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a dramatic jump of 20 in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Cranes rise over a construction site near a homeless man's sidewalk encampment on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a dramatic jump of 20 in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: A homeless woman packs up her tent near a man sleeping next to his walker on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a dramatic jump of 20 in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: A homeless person passes the historic and abandoned Engine 23 Truck Company firehouse on Skid Row on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a dramatic jump of 20 in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: A homeless man sits on a downtown sidewalk where he had slept on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The newly released 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicates a dramatic jump of 20 in the city of Los Angeles while Los Angeles County has spiked 23 percent. Voters have approved a record number of funds for homeless services with the passage of Measure HHH in the city and Measure H countywide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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San Francisco’s elite class has not been subtle about displacing the city’s residents. Many have noted San Francisco’s rising cost of housing, with prices driven by the growth of tech companies such as Google and Facebook. Thanks to an average salary at big tech companies hovering around six figures, people working in tech can more easily afford the high costs when employers provide amenities like free laundry, transportation, food and fitness equipment.

Tensions related to displacement manifest in smaller ways too. A video surfaced in 2014 of Dropbox employees trying to push locals out of the park the adults usually use for soccer. The employees claimed they had reserved the park via an app for $27. To those whoe grew up in the community, Dropbox paying to reserve the park was odd, as they all could have played on the field together. To the tech workers, they had reserved the park for themselves and the altercation was “awkward and disastrously weird.”

While the SPCA may not be a tech company, its use of Knightscope’s robot to treat homeless people as “other” widens the separation between the haves and have-nots. The animal shelter’s robot does little to address the serious issue that is homelessness in San Francisco but, instead, dusts it under the rug. Surprising, from the one company many would expect not to treat humans like animals.

Mic has reached out to Knightscope and the SPCA for comment. We’ll update this story with more info once they respond.

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