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Security guard robot allegedly knocks down, runs over toddler

By Shawn Knight
Jul 12, 2016
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  1. A robotic security guard patrolling a mall in Palo Alto, California, recently had a run-in with a pint-sized shopper that left a toddle injured and in tears.

    ABC News 7 reports that a 300-pound, 5’ tall Knightscope security robot on patrol at the Stanford Shopping Center last Thursday ran into 16-month-old Harwin Cheng. According to the child’s mother, Tiffany Teng, the robot hit her son on the head which caused him to fall to the floor face-down. The robot then proceeded to run over the boy’s right foot which she says caused it to swell and left a scrape.

    Teng said her son was “crying like crazy,” adding that such behavior is uncharacteristic of the toddler.

    The publication says the shopping center introduced the robotic guard last year. It is designed to alert authorities if it detects sudden environmental changes, abnormal noises and known criminals.

    Worse yet, the boy’s parents claim a human security guard told them that another child was injured by the same robot days earlier. Unsurprisingly, they believe the robot to be dangerous and are concerned that it’ll hurt another child if nothing is done about it.

    As of writing, neither Stanford Shopping Center nor Knightscope had responded to ABC News 7’s e-mails and voicemail messages regarding the incident.

    China earlier this year unveiled a robot soldier designed to control rioters and protesters. The soldier robot doesn’t look all that different from Knightscope’s security bot save for the fact that it is equipped with weapons to help keep the peace.

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,657   +309

    Daleks have landed!!!
     
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  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Gotta keep those toddlers in line or else they'll just run wild.
     
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  4. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    For some reason I think not so much Daleks, and not even Skynet, but robocop quotes when reading this story.
     
  5. LiveResistance

    LiveResistance TS Booster Posts: 85   +64

    It looks like some kind of junkie robot and that Jawas from Star Wars would try to sell.
     
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +774

    Skynet is here! Time to break out the death rays and mow those dirty robots down .... there already acting like a bunch of rogue cops (my apologies to the non-rogue cops, we know you're out there).
     
  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,620   +376

    "According to the child’s mother, Tiffany Teng, the robot hit her son on the head"
    Does it have arms? I'm not seeing how this is possible.
     
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  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 910   +386

    It's sad, that when you see a headline like this, the first thought that usually comes to mine is
    "uh oh...lawsuit!"
     
  9. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Rookie Posts: 25   +8

    What's sad is there is more 5 foot tall 300lb security guards now.
     
    p51d007 likes this.
  10. trgz

    trgz TS Booster Posts: 153   +23

    A security guard that wasn't armed, or is there a hidden panel?...
     
  11. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    I'll admit, that it sounds like the robot could use some work. My main issue is this sentence:
    "Teng said her son was “crying like crazy,” adding that such behavior is uncharacteristic of the toddler."

    Uncharacteristic of the toddler? He's a toddler, of course it is going to be crying like crazy. He got hurt. Always something has to be exaggerated...
     
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  12. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 334   +131

    "China earlier this year unveiled a robot soldier designed to control rioters and protesters. The soldier robot doesn’t look all that different from Knightscope’s security bot save for the fact that it is equipped with weapons to help keep the peace"

    How is this relevant Techspot? Shame on you for drawing a comparison between what is basically a re-purposed teleconferencing robot, and what was designed from the beginning to be police hardware. Their similarities end at the chassis profiles, bringing it up only serves as click-bait and fear-mongering.
     
  13. Capaill

    Capaill TS Addict Posts: 290   +92

    Haha, exactly. Uncharacteristic? How does he normally react after being run over by a giant (to his eyes) robot?!
     
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  14. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Addict Posts: 227   +88

    Because displaying weapons means that you come in peace.
     

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