Parents upset after Stanford Shopping Center security robot injures child


KGO (Palo Alto):

Parents upset after Stanford Shopping Center security robot injures child

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) – The parents of a young boy who got knocked down and run over by a security robot at Stanford Shopping Center want to get the word out to prevent others from getting hurt.

They said the machine is dangerous and fear another child will get hurt.

Stanford Shopping Center’s security robot stands 5’ tall and weighs 300 pounds.

It amuses shoppers of all ages, but last Thursday, 16-month-old Harwin Cheng had a frightening collision with the robot. “The robot hit my son’s head and he fell down facing down on the floor and the robot did not stop and it kept moving forward,” Harwin’s mom Tiffany Teng said.

Harwin’s parents say the robot ran over his right foot, causing it to swell, but luckily the child didn’t suffer any broken bones.

Harwin also got a scrape on his leg from the incident. “He was crying like crazy and he never cries. He seldom cries,” Teng said.

Stanford Shopping Center and Knightscope, the Mountain View company that built the robot have yet to respond to our emails and voice mail messages.

The shopping center introduced the robot last year.

It’s designed to alert authorities of abnormal noises, sudden environmental changes, and known criminals.

Asimov’s first law of robotics: “A robot may not harm a human being nor through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.”


Those laws presume a self-aware minded robot.

The science of robotics isn’t there yet.



Sounds like a giant Roomba. Those will try to run you over too, but of course they only weigh a few pounds.


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