Man 'assaults' security robot

FOX News

A man attacked a 300-pound security robot in Mountain View, California, according to local police. A man in the Silicon Valley town has been arrested after allegedly attacking a Knightscope K5 security robot. He claimed he was trying to "test" the robot. "When we arrived, we met with Sylvain, and as we were speaking with him, he appeared confused, had red, glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol emitted from him," a spokeswoman for the Mountain View police department told CNET. Sylvain has been charged with being drunk in public and a Knightscope employee requested his arrest for prowling.


Man vs. Machine: Robot Calls Police After Being Attacked By Drunk Man

International Business Times

A drunk man reportedly ran into an armless K5 robot in the Knightscope parking lot in Mountain View, California and met his match. The April incident occurred after 41-year-old Jason Sylvain tipped over the 300-pound robot. Unfortunately, when the roving security robot found itself off-balance, the K5 called the police and signaled for help. The company spokesman Stacy Dean Stephens said that members of the robot company Knightscope -- which developed the robot that appears similar to the iconic Star Wars Droid R2D2 -- came out and detained Sylvain as the police came. Robo-Cops Are Now A Reality! Silicon Valley Gets KnightScope K5 Patrolling Robot… https://t.co/BiytOrxpPU


Knightscope security robot goes viral after fountain fall

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Alas, it seems we've got a few more years before the robots take over. A security robot created by the company Knightscope was patrolling an office complex in Washington D.C. when it rolled into a fountain and met its untimely demise on Monday. The incident went viral on Twitter after Bilal Farooqui, an employee at the Washington Harbour complex, tweeted a photo of the 300-pound android, writing: 'We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.' A security robot created by the company Knightscope was patrolling an office complex in Washington D.C. when it rolled into a fountain and met its untimely demise The K5 robot, which measures about five-feet tall, is billed as an'autonomous presence' that is rented out to malls, office buildings, and parking lots to enforce order The K5 robot, which measures about five-feet tall, is rented out to malls, office buildings, and parking lots to enforce order with a built-in video camera, license plate recognition, and thermal imaging. Billed as an'autonomous presence' that can'guide [itself] through even the most complex environments', the robot spins around and whistles.


Drunken man 'attacks armless security robot in California'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

If the machines are truly going to take over the Earth, they have a ways to go. That's what cops in the Mountain View area of Silicon Valley learned on April 19 when they arrested an apparently drunk man for kicking over a limbless security robot. Jason Sylvain, 41, stands accused of being a robocidal maniac after assaulting the conical droid as it patrolled a parking lot, according to NBC Bay Area. Robo cop: The robots are five feet tall, weigh 300lbs, and can recognize known shoplifters and photograph car license plates. Sylvain jumped the K5-model robot outside the offices of its manufacturers, Knightscope, near the corner of Terra Bella and Linda Vista Avenue, police said.


Man attacks robot and humanity will probably pay for it one day

Mashable

After so many years of peaceful co-existence with our robot friends, why attack one and thus bring inevitable doom to all humans? We may never know the answer to that, as a man who assaulted a security robot in Mountain View, California, at a parking lot of a company called Knightscope, was apparently quite drunk. According to Cnet, which spoke to the local police and Knightscope (which, incidentally makes security robots), 41-year-old Jason Sylvain knocked over the giant-egg-shaped K5 security robot last Thursday, after which Knightscope personnel called the police and detained him until they arrived. The police soon came and determined that Sylvain "appeared confused" and was likely drunk. The immediate aftermath of the incident was innocuous: The robot only suffered a few scratches, and is back on patrol, while Sylvain, besides being reported for prowling, is charged for public drunkenness.