Sweden Fines Factory After Near-Deadly Robot Attack

By Rachel Cernansky | April 29, 2009 12:20 pm

robot3.jpgTurns out robots are not always the hardworking, sensible employees that companies intend them to be. A robot in Sweden has now cost a company $3,000 in fines, after nearly costing one employee his life.

Two years ago, a factory worker was performing maintenance on a robot used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut the power supply, the man approached the robot, who apparently was not deprived of power at all, since he grabbed the man’s head and wouldn’t let go.

The man managed to free himself, but only after having four of his ribs broken. The public prosecutor said he “came close to losing his life,” and opted to fine the employer rather than press charges.

All of which leaves us with one question: If incidents like these can happen with seemingly-innocent robots, what about all those robots intentionally designed to be violent?

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Image: Flickr / neoliminal

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    …have you seen the terminator movies???… That’s just an a idea.

  • John

    Let me get this right a maintenance worker did not follow the correct procedure and a robot reacted correctly translates into a cash award to the employee. Janitor forgets to cut power and losses hand in garbage disposal homeowner sued….see it doesn’t make sense when its actually negligence….

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  • okaasan59

    When speaking of a robot shouldn’t you be using the pronoun “it” rather than “he?”

  • http://slashdot.org/~Londonescorts/ Marcus

    Interesting blog as for me. I’d like to read something more concerning that theme.

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  • Rafael Ventura

    Have you noticed Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t have a USB socket, or Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth?
    How ridiculous they have to actually hold a phone against their ears, and they have to use a mouse and a keyboard :S

  • North

    This story isn’t strange to me at all. I am a 41 year old WI woman was stalked by ghosts between 2004 and 2008 .  If you watched “Poltergeist” a million times it wouldn’t touch what they did to me.   A few dead relatives and dead animals attacked me, but I would say about 80 percent of what I was punished for… something in the house absolutley did not want me using machines for any reason.  The movie AI would be a horror movie to me if I watched it, in the trillions.  I dont expect anyone to believe me, people barely believe in ghosts.


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