He was only with us a few days. But, the loss of security robot Steve has been felt far beyond his Washington, D.C., home.

Steve started his job last week at MRP Realty’s headquarters. He was just learning his way around, preparing to be fully autonomous in the coming days. Soon, he was patrolling Washington Harbour, a Georgetown business complex, prepared to take down (or record) crime.

But Monday, something horrific happened: Steve toppled over and rolled down four steps into a fountain. People came to his rescue, but not soon enough.

Some questioned Steve’s mental health. Was he suicidal?

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