Security robot patrolling D.C. neighborhood falls down flight of steps into fountain, ‘drowns’

Security robot patrolling D.C. neighborhood falls down flight of steps into fountain, ‘drowns’
Steve, we hardly knew ye (Image: CBS Philly video screen grab)

[Ed. – Speaking of assigning human feelings to an automaton….]

It was one small step for security technology, but one giant leap in the wrong direction for robotkind.

A security robot in Washington, D.C. — lovingly named Steve — plunged down four steps into a fountain Monday.

Photos show the sad, waterlogged robot cop partially submerged in defeat. It’s unclear if any foul play was involved or if Steve simply rolled down a dark path on his own.

Steve had just started patrolling the Washington Harbour, a riverside complex in Georgetown with restaurants and offices, last week. The Washington Harbour and its real estate developer, MRP Realty, introduced the robot on Facebook on July 12.

The post touts Steve’s “extensive catalogue of security capabilities,” which apparently does not include any underwater crime-fighting.

Steve was still getting used to the streets he was programmed to protect. He was “mapping out the grounds” to theoretically prevent this kind of accident.

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