All this shows is how easy it is to defeat this robot?
I agree that it shows how easy it is to defeat the robot but I don't think that is 'all'.
The benefit for Knightscope is sheer name recognition. I bet Knightscope has a 10x advantage in name recognition over all its competitors. And that's an advantage when they meet a prospect who says "Yeah I read about you in the newspaper, etc."
They still need to deliver a viable value proposition but having high name recognition helps the sales process.
Im my mind, the "robot assault" constitutes vandalism, like parking your Bugatti amongst a sea of domestic vehicles... you're pretty much ASKING for a break-in or a key down the side of your fender. These things are so audacious in their appearance-- flashing lights, spooky Star Trek sounds, bulbous physique... I mean, I've been SOBER and thought about what it would be like to tackle one of these things. "Where do you suppose the center of gravity is?" "Should I take it out at the head, or from the waist?" "If I knock it down, will Dr. Smith from Lost in Space try to molest me when I'm bent over and my back is turned?" These are questions I ask when I'm sober, so I don't think it's too far-fetched to assume someone would feel compelled to vandalize them while in an inebriated state.
These things are like a rolling Box camera. Until someone comes up with a rolling vandal dome, I think we're just going to see more and more of this.
I mean, I've been SOBER and thought about what it would be like to tackle one of these things. "Where do you suppose the center of gravity is?" "Should I take it out at the head, or from the waist?" "If I knock it down, will Dr. Smith from Lost in Space try to molest me when I'm bent over and my back is turned?" These are questions I ask when I'm sober
Knightscope supposedly "on patrol" in Knightscope parking lot right before attack*. K5 claims to have been on simulated smoking break, but actually looks more like an ambush:
K5: None Shall Pass! Jason: I have no quarrel with you good Sir Knight, now step aside! K5: None Shall Pass! Jason: White Knight, don't be silly, you have no arms, now move! K5: I move for no Man. Jason: So be it!
*Picture of confrontation is real, dialog adapted from here.
I find it mildly amusing that this thing parks itself out back next to the covered gas grill, which bears to question, should a Knightscope be on its smoking break next to a propane grill? Moreover, is it 20' away or more from the nearest building egress?
Knightscope... said it's had three bullying incidents since launching...
I don't think these robots were "bullied". And I'm surprised to hear a robotics company even use such a fallicious Anthropomorphism.
Bullying without coercion is just aggression. Were these robots coerced or intimidated?
Is it even possible to "bully" a robot? One could try:
Bully: Open the garage bay doors! Robot: I'm sorry, I'm not authorized to do that, can I help you with anything else? Bully: Is there an electrical outlet nearby? Robot: Why yes, right behind you. What do you want it for? Bully: Just this Weller 80W soldering gun. Robot: Opening garage bay doors.