From the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT Technology review has picked a security industry company among its "Biggest Technology Failures of 2017". Making the list next to Juicero, the failed startup with an over-funded, over-priced, overly-complex machine that squeezed juice from a bag into a glass, is Knightscope, the robot startup that gained fame through an ongoing series of failures.
In this note we examine MIT's categorization of Knightscope, and what this means for both Knightscope and the security industry.
Knightscope Series Of Failures
MIT calls out separate instances of Knightscope robots running over a toddler, drowning in a business park pond, and vandalized with barbecue sauce. They note that "humans don't really like them", a difficult challenge for the company to overcome without a major overhaul of the product, or business model.