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Security robot drowns itself in a fountain

By T.K. Randall
July 18, 2017 · Comment icon 32 comments

A new security robot brought in to help monitor an office in Washington DC ended up committing suicide.
The Knightscope K5 security robot, which looks a bit like something out of a Star Wars movie, managed to prematurely end its own existence this week by trundling straight in to a fountain.

"Our D.C. office building got a security robot," office employee Bilal Farooqui wrote on Twitter. "It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots."
An image of the contraption lying helpless in the water has since gone viral online.

Developed by California-based company Knightscope, this particular line of robots comes equipped with an array of special cameras designed to help out security personnel.

Sadly, none of these appear to have helped this particular unit avoid an untimely, watery end.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (32)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #23 Posted by Silent Trinity 5 years ago
Suicide? I doubt it lol, in order for anything to commit suicide it has to do so intentionally with pre-meditated intent, more likely the programming went wrong and it fell in lol. (Cue existential observation about the possibility of programming going wrong actually being mental health issues in machines, and by definition this is an how it facilitates its own suicide,  and it may have deliberately corrupted its software in order to terminate its remaining run time haha)  
Comment icon #24 Posted by RoofGardener 5 years ago
Rust In Peace !
Comment icon #25 Posted by clare256 5 years ago
Robot Live Matter
Comment icon #26 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 5 years ago
 Great thread.   They shall not delete.... The robots will rise again!!!
Comment icon #27 Posted by Sundew 5 years ago
Probably not the first security guard to feel that way. 
Comment icon #28 Posted by brizink 5 years ago
Sounds like Skynet is still in Alpha testing. Whew, hope they can hold off Beta tests until I'm dead and gone lmao
Comment icon #29 Posted by AnchorSteam 5 years ago
Maybe they should have worked out all the bugs in the system before installing that secret weaponry suite. 
Comment icon #30 Posted by seeder 5 years ago
Comment icon #31 Posted by Eldorado 5 years ago
Can they not make him waterproof... just like us? If he worked in the UK, he'd need to be.
Comment icon #32 Posted by MySummerJob 5 years ago
Huh, I didn't take the possibility of accidents like that into account... Well the positive to this is that now they should hopefully be able to learns from this, and possibly program fail-safes so something like this doesn't happen again.

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