Robot Security Guard "Commits Suicide" In Mall Fountain

"We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots."

That was the comment of Twitter user Bilal Farooqui who this afternoon surprised the social network with a bizarre image: a robot which "commited suicide" by drowning itself in a public fountain.

The Knightscope K5 security robot was supposed to patrol the Georgetown Waterfront, a ritzy shopping-and-office complex along the Washington Harbour in D.C. Looking like a mutant hybrid of R2D2 and a Dalek, the K5 was built to be a crime-fighting robot that could rove the streets and monitor for suspicious activity. It has been used in some offices and malls across America.

But, in the absurdist take of NY Mag, "the pressure was too much for the rolling robot, which can turn, beep, and whistle in order to maintain order."

At one point today, it had had enough, rolled into fountain and drowned itself.

The robot's maker, Knightscope, describes itself as "an advanced security technology company that uses Software + Hardware + Humans to provide its clients with advanced anomaly detection capabilities. Knightscope's long-term vision is to predict and prevent crime utilizing autonomous robots, analytics and engagement." It may soon also need to provide therapy to its "robotic guard army."

To be sure, the robot has pros and cons. It’s a good deal for any place that wants something patrolling an area on the cheap. It’ll roll around malls or parking lots, with rental prices starting at $7 per hour — 25 cents less than the federal minimum wage. Uber uses it to patrol certain parking lots. On the downside, NY Mag reports that it’s has been knocked over by a drunk man. Before that, it knocked down and ran over a 16-month-old boy.

Those caught up in the robot's existential plight, and who would like to make a donation to some greater cause to cleanse their irrational guilt, can do so on Knightscope's Seedinvest page: the company is seeking to raise up to $20 million in a Series M round at a pre-money valuation of $80 million.

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blueyefinity@y… (not verified) HowdyDoody Mon, 07/17/2017 - 19:13 Permalink

Was bound to happen.A.I. tries to mimick humans and since the majority are suicidal leftists all comes down to plain statistics.Talking about suicidal leftists, here are some "wanabee artists" enjoying their road to success under strict chimp supervision.Nigger Singer R. Kelly Accused of Keeping Girls Locked Up in Sex Culthttp://dailywesterner.com/news/singer-r-kelly-accused-of-keeping-girls-…

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Manthong Row Well Number 41 Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:21 Permalink

 
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WTF… Bad code… https://youtu.be/JrOqx2R8mCM

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Manthong New_Meat Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:31 Permalink

 
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I do not need to respond except this response. ..the turd smells himself.

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Manthong remain calm Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:40 Permalink

 
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heh heh.. the female sexbot might be way better than the wife. ..she will not talk back if not programmed to.   oh F me.. there has to be some misogynist perturbations going on in the cranium.

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Manthong jsgibson Mon, 07/17/2017 - 23:08 Permalink

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Better solution is a 60A plasma cutter “We were trying to warm up the memory”,

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Manthong TeamDepends Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:28 Permalink

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Sue the mall and settle for a lousy few million, I think I will sue them too because I have been horrendously hurt by the images of a harmless androgynous bot being subject to such dangerous  working conditions.

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Korogaro Sanity Bear Tue, 07/18/2017 - 01:08 Permalink

I'm making over $7k a month working part time programming robots to laugh. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make programming robots to laugh, so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life...Oh the joy of walking into The Sharper Image and Radio Shack at the outlet mall! Seeing all those Chinese made robots laughing with an Appalachian dialect makes my silicon tingle! This is what I do... www.laughingrobots.com

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poetic justice Korogaro Tue, 07/18/2017 - 13:48 Permalink

I am making sweet fuk all a month doing the job of a Human Security Guard. With the downturn in the Mining industry here in Australia I have tried to up the anti. Alas the traitorous Au Mother Fuker Government, have allowed unbridled access to work for the multitude of students from the Sub-Continent. Flooding in and studying even mundane stuff as cooking, they are working for cash and not paying any tax and the Gov doesn't give a shit. Yeh I am finding it very hard to laugh, having to compete for work against scamming foreigners and it has changed our life.This is really great, 326 fake truck licences to be rescinded. No prize for guessing who runs that outfit...http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/fortunately-nobody-killed-more-than-300-fake-truckie-licenses-in-wa-20170705-gx4xxv.htmlSurprise, surprise... https://www.myskills.gov.au/RegisteredTrainers/Details?rtocode=52704From 2009, nothing has changed... http://www.news.com.au/news/indian-student-industry-a-study-in-shams-an…

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