In another example of internet madness, the ‘death’ of a security robot in a Washington DC office fountain is making waves online.
On Monday, news that a Knightscope security robot had fallen into a fountain was relayed on Twitter by Bilal Farooqui.
“Our DC office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots,” Farooqui said.
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
From there internet denizens chimed in with their own theories, with some mocking and mourning the robot’s fate.
this is not a laughing matter, suicide is a serious issue, he should’ve been in therapy, why wasn’t anyone helping him, was he listened to?
— perse evol 🤠 (@candiedpink) July 17, 2017
Resembling R2-D2 from the Star Wars franchise, the K5 security robot was rolled out by California-based Knightscope in 2014.
The 5ft tall androids are equipped with four cameras and designed to assist law enforcement or beef up security in commercial developments.
Knightscope has announced that it plans to install a “gun detection” feature in its fleet of robots.