• Robosuicide: Security robot 'drowns' after plunging into fountain

    From Buzzworth@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jul 19 04:31:13 2017
    XPost: sac.politics, sci.electronics.design, alt.survival

    Hate your job? Craving a vacation? Turns out you're in some
    surprising company.

    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
    124,532 124,532 Retweets 273,495 273,495 likes

    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
    185 185 Retweets 293 293 likes

    “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.

    http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/18/robosuicide-security- robot-drowns-after-plunging-into-fountain.html


    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.

    Avatar for jetsfan2015
    jetsfan2015 43 minutes ago
    so Johnny-5 ain't so alive anymore...

    Avatar for Tiredofchange8
    Tiredofchange8 45 minutes ago
    Just another minimum wage protest I guess!

    Avatar for crimeman
    crimeman 48 minutes ago
    must be a dum-O-rat!

    Avatar for iluhkc
    iluhkc 52 minutes ago
    The robot is going to sue the building's owners.

    Avatar for DissatisfiedCustomer
    DissatisfiedCustomer 1 hour ago
    A.I. Artificial Ignorance

    Avatar for AzCoronaDog
    AzCoronaDog 1 hour ago
    They need to get some help from iRobot - my cheap little Roomba
    never falls down the stairs!

    Avatar for davidmulligan
    davidmulligan 1 hour ago
    They just did not program the Robot to not go off a cliff or
    down stairs. A problem easily fixed.

    Avatar for MikeOswald
    MikeOswald 1 hour ago
    How much do you want to bet that Robot voted for Hillary?

    Avatar for DisappointedDude
    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.

    Avatar for Ekras
    Ekras 1 hour ago
    Just doing it's part to drain the swamp....

    Avatar for seankerr456
    seankerr456 1 hour ago
    @Ekras by going into a fountain? Nice try on that one....

    Avatar for GuntertheGerman
    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
    us about.

    Avatar for Ekras
    Ekras 1 hour ago
    @GuntertheGerman Or are we?

    Avatar for BattleBornInNevada
    BattleBornInNevada 1 hour ago
    All that high-tech gear and nobody taught it to swim!

    Avatar for truthwinz
    truthwinz 1 hour ago
    Must have been looking at his cell phone.

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