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Company Tries Explaining Why Its Security Robot 'Drowned'

Turns out robots don't swim

Company Tries Explaining Why Its Security Robot 'Drowned'

Image: Bilal Farooqui/Twitter

The "death" of a Knightscope security robot who "drowned" in a fountain was doing the rounds online yesterday - and now the company behind the creation has seemingly explained what actually went wrong.

Many commentators across the interwebs were saying the burden of intelligence was all too much for the robot, who willingly flung itself into the water, to be later recovered by human colleagues.

"Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots," wrote Bilal Farooqui on Twitter in the message that kicked off events.


Yet in response to all of the commotion across social media, Knightscope has released a statement in which they say the unfortunate incident was actually a little more accidental, and the robot just wanted to go for a swim.

"I heard humans can take a dip in the water in this heat, but robots cannot. I am sorry," a company spokesperson wrote on Twitter.


Accompanying the tweet was a picture of old mate K5 all decked out with his boardies, sunglasses and rubber duck floaty.