Some robots are taking this whole thing about ‘being more human’ very seriously. People have been cracking jokes about jumping into a river or out of a window when they are under huge stress but have you ever seen or read about a presumably, stressed out robot actually doing so? Well, read on. A security robot, who was recruited to guard the Georgetown Waterfront, a lavish shopping area-and-office complex along the Washington Harbour in DC, probably got inspired by Robin Williams and thought it too can become human like Williams did in his movie Bicentennial Man. The robot was designed in a way that it could turn, beep and whistle to maintain order. On Monday it did something different. The machine rolled into a fountain and drowned itself. The news instantly caught netizens’ attention and one took to Twitter and said,”Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead, we got suicidal robots.”
Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.
We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn
— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017
The robot belongs to the Knighscope Inc. which develops technology to predict and prevent crime utilizing autonomous robots. As per New York Magazine, the Knightscope security robot has its pros and cons. It’s a good deal for anyone who wants something patrolling the area on the cheap. It will 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.
But on the downside, there have been cases previously where the robot failed to perform its duty well. It has even been knocked down by a 16-month old boy and also by a drunk man. So this brings us to the question whether it is wise to trust a machine for our security. And what about Artificial Intelligence taking control of humans? With DC robot around, we can certainly rest easy.