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Silicon Valley engineer arrested after allegedly knocking down robot


Knightscope

Robots may have more to fear from humans than humans do from
robots, depending on your reaction to an incident that
allegedly took place last week mere miles away from the Silicon
Valley headquarters of Microsoft and Google.

A 41-year old hardware engineer reportedly knocked down a
security robot at the headquarters of a startup called
Knightscope, Mountain View police told Business Insider.

Knightscope makes robots that look a little like R2-D2 from Star
Wars. Their most famous unit, K5, is a five-foot tall, 300-pound
machine designed to wander around corporate campuses and malls,
scanning the area with a camera and calling security if anything
is out of the ordinary. 

It was one of these K5 robots that was allegedly knocked down
last Wednesday by the hardware engineer, according to ABC7, which first
reported the incident. 

Police say they arrived to Knightscope at 8:15 in the
evening, and found a Knightscope employee detaining the hardware
engineer, who police said smelled strongly of alcohol.

Police say that the 41-year-old knocked over a robot in the
startup’s front parking lot and that the hardware engineer never
got into the Knightscope headquarters. He was arrested for
alleged prowling and public intoxication.

The startup seems to be enjoying the publicity, with one
co-founder telling ABC7 that the arrest was a “testament” to
his startup’s technology. Most recently, Knightscope was in the
headlines for one of its robots
running over a child
.

The robot appears to be in fine working order: 

Knightscope did not immediately return a request for
comment. 


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