Robots have feelings too, or at least that’s what one may think after reading the (click-bait) title. We are living interesting times ladies and gents, and whether that’s good or bad, it will be up to posterity to decide. However, in today’s almost science-fiction news, we just found out about a robot who “ended” itself/committed suicide at a Mall. Since the robot forgot to left behind a suicide-note, the reasons for its self-terminating are everyone’s guess. It will be up to the forensic team to find out what’s what.
Joke aside, today may very well be a historic day, at least in this writer’s opinion. The thing is, this is the first-ever recorded robot-suicide event and that’s why it’s newsworthy. Since we’re already aware of the fact that robots are set up to take all of our jobs in 20-30 years tops ( at least this is what 2 thirds of Americans are thinking), now it seems they’re also getting depressed from too much work, just like their human brethren.
A Twitter user running under the Bilal Farooqi handle posted a picture earlier on Monday showing a waterlogged robot. Basically, this proto-R2D2 somehow managed to fail at calculating its trajectory and he ended up drowning into a watering hole/public fountains of sorts at a Washington DC office building.
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 photo took social media by storm, rapidly becoming an internet meme with regard to human robot relations. The picture depicting 2 security guards helping a fallen (in the line of duty) robot is delicious. The victim is a three hundred pound Knightscope K5, a robotized crime fighter which some day is expected to patrol the streets and, well, fight crime using its high tech sensors, provided it doesn’t rain. The Knightscope K5 is currently used all across America in a number of malls and offices, being in a sort of beta testing phase. However, a number of glitches have been reported, prior to today’s suicide.
— Lilian Kim (@liliankim7) July 12, 2016
the future is awesome https://t.co/ryQ34yUazn
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) July 17, 2017