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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Joke

Your thinking about it wrong...

Maybe the AI is so advanced, that it found the dreary life of a security guard too depressing, and in the end tried to take the ultimate way out.

Hopefully, it found the way to Silicon heaven along with the Toasters, and pocket calculators...

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Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

I was just about to post something similar, it's Marvin!

You think you've got problems. What are you supposed to do if you are a manically depressed robot? No, don't even bother answering. I'm 50,000 times more intelligent than you and even I don't know the answer.

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Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

Security bot: Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to patrol a mall. Call that job satisfaction, 'cause I don't.

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Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

I bet it was all the self-satisfied doors that really got to him!

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

Michael,

not even close matey, can you imagine how boring it must be to have the job of sitting in front of a microphone all day and having to say "mind the doors" EXACTLY the same way just before the doors on the lift are about to close???

Sheesh...

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Re: @Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Your thinking about it wrong...

Colin? COLIN! Here, have a towel.

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I'm thinking...

...that Ed 209 would have used ballistics drained the pool the pool first. It's the same problem with all the young AIs these days: There are not enough good role models.

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Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

Bears a striking resemblance to the Turrets in the Portal series of games...

Maybe it found the cake wasn't a lie?...

bye... I'll get my coat...

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Re: @Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Your thinking about it wrong...

not even close matey, can you imagine how boring it must be to have the job of sitting in front of a microphone all day and having to say "mind the doors" EXACTLY the same way just before the doors on the lift are about to close???

I can imagine...

Sheesh...

What! ... And you have to make the door closing noise as well? Bloody hell.

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Re: @Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Your thinking about it wrong...

Alternatively, lack of sleep could be to blame. I recall Marvin's lullaby:

Now I lay me down in bed

Darkness won't enshroud my head

I can see in infrared

How I hate the night

Doffs hat (grey Tilley) to the late, great Douglas Adams once more

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Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

This wasn't a triumph,

I'm making a note here; huge failure,

It's hard to understate my dissatisfaction...

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Happy

2+2=5: Re: @Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Your thinking about it wrong...

Well, you would hope the lucky bunny would get overtime for each 'sheesh' too...

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Re: I'm thinking...(ED-209)

I am surprised that it didn't go out in the same fashion as ED-209:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRDl5_-wJ0Y

Then again, we had better hope that it is not armed, like ED-209:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlQwX93rqcA

Just a question, I wonder IF such a robot ever came to exist, (armed police bot), and ended up killing shitloads of people due to a malfunction; who should be held responsible?

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Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

This is a case for Susan Calvin...

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Re: I'm thinking...(ED-209)

its obvious.

Any citizen standing in front of a law enforcement device whilst it is discharging its weapon(s) is clearly guilty of obstructing justice.

Please report to a re-education facility for attitude correction.

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Re: I'm thinking...

"needs a role model"

He's mobile and fell in the pool. Needs a roll model.

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Robot facing existential crisis at prospect of life both protecting and being bourgeoisie property, decides to off itself. Good call.

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The law of unintended consequences at play...

You see AI has a lot to answer for. When the robot was instructed to patrol the mall and take a closer look if it saw anything fishy...

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More From Marvin.......(Same Episode A Few Lines Later)

FROGSTAR ROBOT:

Oh you ain’t seen nothing yet, I can take this floor out too… no trouble!

[Robot fires at floor which gives way]

FROGSTAR ROBOT:

oh dear!

[Robot falls through hole in floor]

FROGSTAR ROBOT:

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…

MARVIN:

What a depressingly stupid machine.

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Unhappy

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

The future always turns up.

Just not necessarily what you hoped for.

Still better self harming than harming a human? I'm thinking of that old Michael Crichton movie "Runaway"

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

Those of us born in the last forty years weren't promised flying cars, we were promised a grim totalitarian cyberpunk dystopia.

It's looking a lot more likely than flying cars.

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

Those of us born in the last forty years, who watched Doctor Who, know that mixing robots and stairs (see photo) always ends poorly for the robots.

// couldn't find the Dalek icon?

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

"Those of us born in the last forty years weren't promised flying cars, we were promised a grim totalitarian cyberpunk dystopia."

No, we were promised a question to the answer "42". The trouble is that into the computational matrix some bloody idiot introduced the Trump family and now Earth has gone into reboot.

Marvin would be less depressed.

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

@Antron Argaiv; I thought everyone had seen this by now.

Also, if Knightscope's K5 model was useless when it came to avoiding water damage, it looks like they won't have improved one bit when they get to K9.

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@macjules - finally an explanation for Trump

He's the descendant of telephone sanitizers!

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A picture tells . . .

. . . a story of a bloke in white wellies (not really a medical job this) and another with a control box.

But all around are pissing themselves laughing at yet another managerial 'wonder-decision'.

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Re: A picture tells . . .

"Hey Bill that thing they brought in to replace us is heading for the pond"

"Shall we stop it?"

"Nah lets see if it's waterproof"

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Re: A picture tells . . .

Some of us wonder whether it really was an "accident".

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It doesn't say

How long the robot was missing in the pond before security staff noticed.

So quite some time, probably.

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Re: It doesn't say

"How long the robot was missing in the pond before security staff noticed."

It was the security staff.

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Caption Contest

"Ok, which one of these kids was playing Taylor Swift on their phone?"

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@AC: Re: Caption Contest

AC,

is that some trendy game???

Jay

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Cheeze Petrel

Why cheezoid exist

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Re: Cheeze Petrel

Cheesoid kill self with petril.

Why petril not burn?

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Suicide or murder?

Did it jump or was it pushed?

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Boffin

Back story?

Can't help thinking ...

James Bond would've done something heroic and ingenious to drown the deadly security robot that was chasing him.

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Re: Back story?

"Well, you're forgetting one thing. If I fail to report, robot K6 replaces me."

"I trust it will be more successful."

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Re: Back story?

From the looks of it, portal gun and drop it through a hole.

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Owned by stairs! It even LOOKS like a Dalek,

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Not necessarily

"You have 20 seconds to comply"

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Terminator

So who was responsible for its locomotion design?

I thought even roombas could recognise stairs/dropoffs and refuse to proceed.

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Not necessarily

Roomba has a minimum size of stairs which it will recognize. My extension is 9.5cm lower than the rest of the house and Roomba failed to recognize it until I put thick laminate flooring on the landing raising it to 9.8cm. So based on this experimental evidence (collected from 3 different models - 5xx series) it will work only for stairs above a certain step height.

Looking at the photo, the step height towards the pond is LOWER than normal. I cannot say if it is under 9.8cm looking from here, but it may be so, which means a Roomba will fail to detect it.

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@Voland

My roomba once had an accident on the stairs.

At the top of the stairs was a round, rugged rug, that I use under the office chair to protect the room carpet from huge wheel marks. I'd moved the rug there so both the rug itself and the office floor would get cleaned. I'm pretty sure that's what tipped the roomba over: the slight descent from the rug to normal floor giving it marginal extra tilt and momentum towards the top stair.

I suspect what confused the robot was not the AI but the sensory input. It couldn't tell water from a solid surface until it reached tipping point.

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My roomba once had an accident on the stairs.

As did my dog. The Roomba refused to clean it up.

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Be thankful....

https://goo.gl/images/ZYo9SW

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Re: Roomba

At the top of the stairs was a round, rugged rug,

I apologise in advance, but:

Round and round the rugged rug, the robot Roomba roamed...

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My Roomba can't detect our stairs. We had to put one of the little beacon thingies at the top of the stairs. It's a very normal set of stairs, but Roomba took a tumble down the stairs twice before we installed the beacon. So much for AI.

It looks like this thing was about as good at it as my Roomba...

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Re: Roomba

Round and round the rugged rug, the robot Roomba roamed...

Darn it, now you've reminded me of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9arcRujTBc

RIP Kenneth Williams.

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Re: Not necessarily

"My extension is 9.5cm lower than the rest of the house and Roomba failed to recognize it until I put thick laminate flooring on the landing raising it to 9.8cm."

So let me get this right...

You refloored the landing rather than trying to hack the Roomba?

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My Roomba can't detect our stairs.

It stops detecting them if stops measuring movement correctly. You need to clean the distance covered sensor which is just a HUGE replica of a an early 1990-es mouse and it will be back to its normal self.

Depending on the level of rubbish around it has to be done once every 5-10 runs. You pull the front wheel, observe the design, if you have ever disassembled a mechanical mouse giggle manically, clean, put it back.

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