Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Skynet malfunction

It's started.

From The Local ('Sweden's News in English'):

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.


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. "The man was very lucky. He broke four ribs and came close to losing his life," said Leif Johansson.

Best comment on the story is from 'Britswedeguy' -

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

The Local is a magnificent news resource, actually. On the page of the above Terminator story is a link to a story headed Thirsty Swede Jailed Over Snot Attack, and the oddly cheery Sweden Tops European Rape League (but certain Premiership sides are just behind and closing fast, presumably).

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