The recent events have shown that we might have gone a bit too far with our fear of robots, and it turns out that we are a bigger threat to them than they are to us. Last week, an incident occurred, and the event in question happened only a couple miles from headquarters of companies such as Google and Microsoft, in the Silicon Valley.
Apparently, what happened is that a 41-year old engineer decided to knock down one of the security robots that was ‘patrolling’ outside of the headquarters of a new company called Knightscope.
This company specializes in creating robots similar to R2-D2 from Star Wars. K5, the company’s most famous unit to date, that is 300-pound, a five-foot tall robot that’s designed to patrol around with a camera and call security upon noticing something out of the ordinary was just doing its job when it was attacked.
The police were called, and they’ve arrived around 8:15 pm. They found that one of Knightscope employees is trying to detain another man that smelled strongly of alcohol. It turned out that the other man was a hardware engineer, that has arrived at the Knightscope’s parking lot, and knocked over the patrolling robot. Even though he never managed to enter the company’s headquarters, he was still arrested for public intoxication and alleged prowling.
On the bright side, this was a great test for the robot, and its performance was excellent.
The Knightscope’s VP of marketing and sales, Stacy Stephens, has said that “The robot did exactly as it was supposed to do – the ‘assault’ was detected and immediately reported, the alarms on the robot sounded, the suspect attempted to flee the scene and was detained by one of my colleagues and me until the Mountain View Police arrived.”
The company officials have stated that they’re incredibly proud of this outcome and that this serves as the testament of what can be achieved in the Silicon Valley. They have also reported that the robot was checked out by their developers and that it has “recuperated” from the injuries that it suffered during the attack. It is now on its regular patrol, and it continues to keep the office as well as company’s employees safe once more.