“Can a robot write a symphony?”
Will Smith’s character Del Spooner asked that question in the 2004 film “I, Robot.” To answer: No, but they can take a punch.
A 41-year-old man named Jason Sylvain allegedly punched an egg-shaped K5 security robot last week in Mountain View, Calif. — in Silicon Valley.
The alleged assault took place in the parking lot of a company called Knightscope, which produces security robots, according to CNET.
This real-life RoboCop — 100 percent droid, weighing 300 pounds — was patrolling Knightscope’s offices when it was allegedly struck and knocked down by Sylvain.
Police told CNET that the alleged incident took place April 19, around 8:15 p.m. local time.
A police spokeswoman told CNET that Sylvain acted “confused” and had “red, glassy eyes” when they spoke to him. Police also detected the odor of alcohol.
A Knightscope employee reported Sylvain for prowling and he was charged with being drunk in public.
Stacy Dean Stephens, Knightscope’s vice president of marketing and sales, told CNET that Sylvain allegedly said he wanted to “test the security robots.”
Stephens also said that “the robot did exactly as it was supposed to do.”
“The assault,” he added, “was detected and immediately reported.”
“The alarms on the robot sounded, the suspect attempted to flee the scene and was detained by one of my colleagues and me until the Mountain View Police arrived,” he continued.
The robot sustained scratches but is back patrolling the office.