Great Job, Internet!: R.I.P. this security robot, which apparently hated its job

Artificial intelligence seems like it’s just around the corner, when our new robot overlords will rule the planet and arrange everything just so, unlike those messy, chaotic humans. But what if artificial intelligence also brings with it the usual array of human neuroses? Can robots become insecure, anxious—even suicidal?

We’ve seen many of these AI emotions played out on screen in movies from Blade Runner to WALL-E. But we’ve also recently seen a real-life example, in the Georgetown Waterfront shopping complex in D.C. There, a security robot, programmed to patrol the area, decided to end it all in a centrally located fountain.

Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.

We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.

— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017

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