Hate your job? Craving a vacation? Turns out you're in some
On Monday, a robot that was ‘hired’ to patrol a Washington, DC
office building made quite the splash when it rolled into a
fountain and took a dip.
In doing so, the robot, a Knightscope K5, ended its life,
according to the Verge. The Knightscope K5 is used by the
security industry to patrol locations that see foot traffic,
such as malls and office parks. It stands about five feet tall
and weighs roughly 300 lbs. Its rocket-like shape and lack of
arms make it difficult for the robot to get up after it topples
over, according to the Verge.
Despite these shortcomings, the Knightscope K5 is said to be
packed with sophisticated technology. The BBC reported that the
robot incorporates high-tech features, including face-
recognition software, high definition video capture and infrared
and ultrasonic sensors.
Bilal Farooqui @bilalfarooqui
Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.
We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.
12:05 PM - 17 Jul 2017
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In the aftermath of its plunge, onlookers took to social media
to share the robot’s demise with cyberspace.
Peter W. Singer @peterwsinger
Steps are our best defense against the Robopocalypse
(Security robot down at Georgetown harbor)
12:45 PM - 17 Jul 2017
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“Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned
itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal
robots,” tweeted spectator Bilal Farooqui.
Another onlooker, Peter W. Singer, mused in a tweet "Steps are
our best defense against the Robopocalypse (Security robot down
at Georgetown harbor)”
Meanwhile, Knightscope blamed the sweltering July temps and
added a dash of humor to the story, letting the robot speak for
itself. "I heard humans can take a dip in the water in this
heat, but robots cannot. I am sorry," said K5 in an 'official
statement' statement tweeted by Knightscope.
K5 has made headlines in the past for its involvement in bizarre
incidents. This past spring, a man was busted after he attacked
the robot in an attempt to "test" it.
jetsfan2015 38 minutes ago
'HAL, get out of the fountain.'
'I'm afraid I can't do that Dave...glub'
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1roughone 43 minutes ago
At least the robot was actually working and not watching TV and
smoking weed for 8 hours.
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jetsfan2015 43 minutes ago
so Johnny-5 ain't so alive anymore...
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Tiredofchange8 45 minutes ago
Just another minimum wage protest I guess!
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crimeman 48 minutes ago
must be a dum-O-rat!
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iluhkc 52 minutes ago
The robot is going to sue the building's owners.
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DissatisfiedCustomer 1 hour ago
A.I. Artificial Ignorance
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AzCoronaDog 1 hour ago
They need to get some help from iRobot - my cheap little Roomba
never falls down the stairs!
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davidmulligan 1 hour ago
They just did not program the Robot to not go off a cliff or
down stairs. A problem easily fixed.
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MikeOswald 1 hour ago
How much do you want to bet that Robot voted for Hillary?
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DisappointedDude 1 hour ago
Just great. Next time the Great Robot Council meets, they're
going to blame humanity for killing the Knightscope K5. Then the
robots are going to come kick our collective as*es.
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Ekras 1 hour ago
Just doing it's part to drain the swamp....
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seankerr456 1 hour ago
@Ekras by going into a fountain? Nice try on that one....
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GuntertheGerman 1 hour ago
The robot is only as smart as the person who created it. We are
still safe from Artificial Intelligence as Elon Musk is warning
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Ekras 1 hour ago
@GuntertheGerman Or are we?
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BattleBornInNevada 1 hour ago
All that high-tech gear and nobody taught it to swim!
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truthwinz 1 hour ago
Must have been looking at his cell phone.