K5 the Security Robot met its untimely end after accidentally falling into water

July 18, 2017 3:59 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2017 3:59 pm

 

A 300 pound automaton once employed as security in the capital of the United States was taken down while in the line of duty, thanks in part to accidentally getting itself wet. The incident gained traction on social media after a photo of what happened was released thanks to Bilal Farooqui.

At least the robot invasion has been stalled for the time being…

The robot was meant to patrol an office building in Washington. Known as the K5 machine, it was developed by Silicon Valley start-up Knightscope and hired as security for the Washington Harbour complex in Georgetown.

Its official cause of death is believed to have been falling off a staircase, plunging it into the water on its side. Office workers were obliged to fish out K5.

Sadly, it had only been on the job for a few days before it met its match…a few inches of water. Reportedly, no people were injured during the incident, and a replacement robot is set to take over his fallen comrade’s job by next week.

K5 has since gone viral.

People have been making jokes on Twitter, including robot’s creators!

Knightscope themselves even took the incident of their robot’s unfortunate demise with good humor.

In fact, many on Twitter took to making jokes over what had happened to K5. Yes, there is the obligatory “Futurama” reference. Someone even managed to throw in a “Game of Thrones” joke in there, too!

(H/T: Time)