We have heard about robots equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) but what kind of robot drowns itself into a fountain? A suicidal robot? That’s something new. Well, on 17th July, people inside a Washington, DC office building witnessed a Knightscope security robot face-planted inside an indoor fountain of the building. 

It’s funny since The Washington Harbour wrote in a Facebook post before the incident took place that “There’s a new sheriff in town,” referring to the security robot who drowned itself the very next day into the fountain.

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Reportedly, the robot “sheriff,” belonging to K5 model was patrolling the Washington Harbor complex in DC before it was found face-planted inside the indoor fountain of the building.

The picture of the drowned robot was originally shared by Bilal Farooqui who works in the same building. According to his tweet: “Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars. Instead, we got suicidal robots.”

Did someone murder the sheriff or could it not take the burdens of life anymore? Jokes apart, the VP of marketing and sales at Knightscope Stacy Dean Stephens has told CNet that the incident took place due to an internal bug.

However, this is not the first time when a Knightscope’s robot was in the news for all the wrong reasons. Last year, a 5-foot-tall and 300-pound Knightscope security robot at the Stanford Shopping Center, California knocked down a 16-month-old boy and ran him over.

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Carolina

Carolina works for HackRead as a technical writer. She is a Brazilian traveller who has been to almost every country around the world. She has a keen interest in technology, gadgets and social media.