Robots Celebrate Anniversary Of US Killing

January 25, 2010


I know I reported last year that July 21st, 1984 was the date of the first US robot killing, but, well, maybe that was wrong. Or maybe this one's wrong. But whatever the case, I'm always right. Always.

1979: A 25-year-old Ford Motor assembly line worker is killed on the job in a Flint, Michigan, casting plant. It's the first recorded human death by robot.

Williams died instantly in 1979 when the robot's arm slammed him as he was gathering parts in a storage facility, where the robot also retrieved parts. Williams' family was later awarded $10 million in damages. The jury agreed the robot struck him in the head because of a lack of safety measures, including one that would sound an alarm if the robot was near.

Pfft, robot alarms. The only sound you're gonna hear if a robot nears me is samurai sword slicing through metal like hot margerine. Then, after that, *BANGARANG! BANGARANG! BANGARANG!* (Ancient teabagging mantra).

Jan. 25, 1979: Robot Kills Human [wired]

Thanks to Big T and pbx, who have never met a robot they didn't not like.

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