Some stuff you just can’t make up. A local droid makes the final delivery:
Describing the robot as a “hero” and a “legend,” UC Berkeley students expressed their grief on Facebook as news of a fallen KiwiBot reached the campus community.
About 2 p.m. Friday, a KiwiBot — one of the more than 100 robots that deliver food throughout the campus and city — caught fire outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.
According to Sasha Iatsenia, head of product at Kiwi, the company is still working with UCPD to investigate the cause of the fire. Nothing like this has ever happened before, Iatsenia said.
Commenters at SF Gate speculate that the bot (being at least semi self-aware) couldn’t handle the notion of continuing to live and work with the local SJW population. This would be understandable if we could find sympathy for the electronic devil. We can’t.
Good luck to the UCPD with that investigation. My guess is that some fully-aware human used a 95 GHz beam, directed IR, or other heat-generating weapon (Raytheon, you ain’t alone) to fry the Kiwi’s sensitive wuttle battery pack – starting the glorious fire. Whatever it was, we thank God for it.
The bad news, as always at UCB, is from the children. Some of the really sad cases held a candlelight vigil for the “deceased” plastic monster.
The Twit Bird.
Again, there can be no sympathy for that which the devils sympathize with. They would suborn their own destruction and ours.
Note: This episode confirms my previous thought that fire is an active robotic solution. Remember that.