All seemed fine, the rocket-shaped robot working around the office buildings of Washington D.C. was cooly and calmly doing its job when, unexpectedly, it made a beeline for a water fountain and drowned itself. "It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead, we got suicidal robots".
Stacy Dean Stephens, vice president of marketing and sales at Knightscope, told Cnet that it was an "isolated incident" for the K5 unit and that "no people were harmed or involved in any way", although apparently humans in wellies were required to fish out the defunct robot. It also had the ability to identify break-ins and make emergency calls.
Move over AI's that think like humans, the first robot to have iRobot-levels of free will is a Knightscope K5 security robot. "A new robot will be delivered this week at no cost to the Harbor per our service agreement".
Perhaps, it was just done with his job.
The incident went viral on social media.
But on the downside, there have been cases previously where the robot failed to perform its duty well. Earlier in April, a hardware engineer reportedly knocked over a 300-pound K5 robot, resulting in the engineer's arrest. The 300-pound, 5-feet tall machine features a rocket shaped, armless design that makes it hard for it to get back up after toppling over.
"The robot hit my son's head and he fell down facing down on the floor and the robot did not stop and it kept moving forward", Harwin's mother said at the time.