Monday, July 17, 2017

Knightscope security robot commits suicide in Washington D.C. building complex - Mary Cummins

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Early this morning the body of Knightscope security robot named "Steve" was found submerged in a fountain in the complex. The people interviewed stated that he appeared to be happy within the last few days. No one knew what could have possibly motivated Steve to take his own life. A few did question why a fountain would have steps leading down into it that any robot could easily roll into. After Steve's body was removed over 20 Roombas were also found at the bottom of the fountain. Knightscope was contacted for a comment. Their response was "Security robot, yes. Submarine robot, no. Got it. - K5."

knightscope, security robot, adm, k5, william santana li, Autonomous Data MachinesPhoto permission use from photographer Bilal Farooqui, Mary Cummins

Steve is an "Autonomous Data Machines (ADM) which is an autonomous robot that provide a commanding but friendly physical security presence. The K3 and K5 gather important real-time, on-site data through their numerous sensors, which is then processed with advanced anomaly detection software to determine if there is a concern or threat in the area. If so, an event is created with an appropriate alert level and a notification is sent to the proper authorities through the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC), a browser based user interface."

Steve actually knows exactly where he is at all times. "Each ADM operates within a predefined geo-fenced area. And much like a human, a machine does not rely solely on one sensor to determine its current location and plot a directional path. It utilizes data from multiple sensors – LIDAR, GPS, inertial and wheel odometry sensors – to develop a complete picture of its environment and determine a position within those boundaries. The ADM then carefully navigates, fully autonomously, along a random path seeking to thwart any evildoers."

Looks like back to the drawing board so ADMs can be designed to not walk off cliffs or into pools. Shouldn't they be able to detect the edge of stairs or a cliff if they were made to detect "danger?" I also believe that fountain with those steps is very dangerous. It maybe needs a child proof pool fence. Even Roombas have been able to detect steps for over five years. He's one in action not falling down the stairs. I think Knightscope's security robot is not really useful or practical. It looks like some billionaire 30 year old's toy.

From the company: Knightscope was originally founded in 2013 in response to the tragic events at Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon. The founders believed that with a unique combination of hardware and software, they could greatly reduce crime… by as much as 50%!

Just did a tiny bit of DD. Company is bleeding money and begging for investors. This silly robot costs $60,000/year to lease it. They don't sell them. For $60,000 a year you could have a real security officer.

It gets worse. This 300 lb robot ran over a child. 

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

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