If you’re the type of person who watched a’Robot’ movie and then spent the next two weeks making sure every electrical appliance within reach was unplugged out of fear the machines would rise and take revenge from the human kind, you are going to hate this one.
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A 22-year-old man tragically lost his life on the job in Germany, and officials are struggling to figure out if any charges should be brought up in response. If they do decide on charges, the prosecutors will still need to figure out exactly who will face the counts of injustice, because the killer in this case won’t exactly flinch at a prison sentence. That’s because the killer of the young German worker is an assembly robot at a Volkswagen manufacturing plant, and robots tend to only operate under the instructions they’re given.
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VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig said the robot actually grabbed the employee before turning and pressing him into a metal plate at forces that would have destroyed any human tissue that stood in its way. He also expressed his as well as VW’s regret at losing such a fine person on the job site, but if anything, this incident will become a textbook example of proper procedure.