On Monday, Steve, a bumbling robot rent-a-cop made headlines when he accidentally drowned himself in a fountain, to the delight of internet citizens. Now, Steve’s got his own memorial, located, appropriately, on his former charging pad.
This is the memorial for Steve the drowned security robot outside our office on his charging pad. The future is weird. pic.twitter.com/Pb7KLay1VO— Oliver Griswold (@originalgriz) July 19, 2017
Steve resided at the Washington Harbour office complex in Washington D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood, where the charging station has been nearly covered in flowers, kleenex, and images from the robot’s brief career. The automated sentry, a five-foot-tall, rolling cone formally known as a Knightscope K5, was just a few days old and was still learning its patrol route when it accidentally drove into a nearby fountain.
A replacement for Steve is to arrive in a few weeks, a company official told The New York Times, at which point the internet will (probably) have moved on. His life was all too brief.