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…
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 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.
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) July 17, 2017
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.
Security robot, yes. Submarine robot, no. Got it. – K5
— Knightscope (@iKnightscope) July 17, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: "I heard humans can take a dip in the water in this heat, but robots cannot. I am sorry," said K5 in an official statement. pic.twitter.com/nWC4tubv9w
— Knightscope (@iKnightscope) July 18, 2017
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!
It's ok security robot. It's a stressful job, we've all been there. pic.twitter.com/LQbnntbCRm
— Brendan Seerup (@SparkleOps) July 17, 2017
Poor Marvin, sometimes life as a security robot is just too tough. https://t.co/0avBQv98l6
— Mathias Payer (@gannimo) July 17, 2017
— David Hicks (@ALL_CAPS) July 17, 2017
"What is my purpose?" "You're a security robot!" "Oh my god" https://t.co/H03o4Ltysk
— John Best 🌹 (@Wintermute21) July 17, 2017
Arya Stark: When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for your security robot. pic.twitter.com/ZEz58gT4V7
— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) July 17, 2017
have you thought about getting a lifeguard robot to keep the security robots from drowning https://t.co/hIGFZxS5jc
— биттерйое™ 🇷🇺 (@bitterjoe) July 17, 2017