Security robot “commits suicide” in Washington fountain

A robot security guard supposedly on a lookout for crime in a shopping complex drowned itself by toppling over into a public fountain here on Monday. The incident went viral on social media.

Twitter user Bilal Farooqi posted a photo on Monday of two men trying to salvage a fallen security robot from a fountain at his company’s office building in Washington D.C.

“We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots,” Farooqi tweeted.

The security robot is a Knightscope K5 robot guard, reportedly tasked with patrolling the Georgetown Waterfront, a shopping and office complex along the Washington Harbor.

With an appearance similar to R2D2 from Star Wars, the crime-fighting K5 stands at five feet tall and weighs 300 pounds.

Designed to reinforce public law-enforcement and security services, this rocket-shaped model can turn, beep, and whistle as it roves the street and monitors for anomalies, and has been used in some malls and office areas across the United States.

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It appears this particular K5 guard might have thought it enough already while on duty Monday, and decided to “commit suicide” by rolling into a fountain and drowning itself.

The incident went viral on social media. Some even joked whether the robot was simply going for a swim.

However, it is not the first time that a Knightscope robot has run into trouble. In April, one of the robots was knocked over by a drunk man in Silicon Valley. A year earlier, another robot knocked down and ran over a 16-month old toddler in California.

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