July 29, 2009

They forgot to incorporate Asimov's three laws

Via Media Blog:

A Swedish company has been fined 25,000 kronor ($3,000) after a malfunctioning robot attacked and almost killed one of its workers at a factory north of Stockholm.

Public prosecutor Leif Johansson mulled pressing charges against the firm but eventually opted to settle for a fine.

"I've never heard of a robot attacking somebody like this," he told news agency TT.

The incident took place in June 2007 at a factory in Bålsta, north of Stockholm, when the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.

But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim's head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries. (Source.)

Looks like someone forgot Uncle Isaac.

Posted by Hube at July 29, 2009 10:04 AM | TrackBack

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"suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim's head. The victim succeeded in defending themself but not before suffering serious injuries."

Was this about the Obama administration and America?

Posted by: TPN at July 29, 2009 09:15 PM

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