With the rate of technological advances, it’s hard to predict what the future will look like. Today we have the internet and cell phones, tomorrow we may have robotic implants and telepathic communication! I can remember advertisements for the very first iPod, and look how far we’ve come in only that short amount of time.
In a way, it’s comforting to know that some things will never change. Belligerent drunk people, for example.
A Silicon Valley security robot was assaulted by a drunk man not too long ago. The Knightscope K5 security robot is a 300-pound, egg-shaped robot is designed to patrol parking lots and record license plates with 360-degree camera view. The robot can detect anomalies and alert security guards, but are not themselves armed. Still, why someone would want to pick a fight with a 300-pound egg I couldn’t tell you.
Arstechnica reports: A 41-year-old Mountain View man has been arrested in connection to the alleged parking-lot altercation with the Knightscope-made droid. The accused robo-assailant, who faces charges of prowling and public intoxication, was identified as Jason Sylvain. The robot suffered minor scratches and is back on duty following last week’s incident, which was first reported Tuesday by ABC7 News.
Well, that’s just great. Why are people picking fights with robots? We can’t even get along with people who are different religions and skin colors! Why should we give robots more reasons to hate us?! It’s a drunken fight in a parking lot today, but tomorrow it’s gonna be this: