WASHINGTON -- It didn’t take long to derail a high-tech security robot unveiled July 12 at a Washington, D.C. office building.
Steve the robot was supposed to be mapping out the restaurants and offices at the Washington Harbour complex so he could theoretically protect them from attack, but instead he stumbled down some steps and drowned himself in an office fountain just five days later on Monday.
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) July 17, 2017
Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.
We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn
— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017
There’s no word yet on whether or not Steve survived his swim.
"This initial phase is our opportunity to implement, vet, and remediate any bugs in the system to help advance both the programming and security features in a busy mixed-use center such as The Washington Harbour," a spokesperson for the office building wrote in a statement to CNN. "These incidents show us where improvements are needed, which may then be deployed to contribute to the ongoing security of our tenants, residents and visitors."