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Old 03-18-2008, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Australia Robot murderer

Hasn't this guy heard of the 3 laws of robotics!

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23401010-2,00.html

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AN 81-year-old man has shot himself dead with an elaborate suicide robot built using plans downloaded from the internet.

The Gold Coast man, who lived alone, left notes of his plans and thoughts as he struggled to come to terms with demands by interstate relatives that he move out his home and into care.

He spent hours searching the internet for a way to kill himself, downloaded what he needed and then built a complex machine that would remotely fire a gun.

He set the device up in his driveway about 7am yesterday, placed himself in front of it and set it in motion.

His notes explained that he chose the driveway as he knew there were tradesmen working next door who would find his body. The plan worked as the workmen heard the gunshots and ran to investigate.

The machine was attached to a .22 semi-automatic pistol loaded with four bullets.

It was able to fire multiple shots into the man's head after he activated it.
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Elaborate!

How do you go from "Hmmmm.... cliff? Car? Oven?" to "OK, now to wire the phase-inducers into the self-tapping divets on the Kreeg assembly unit...."?
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I love that the article says that he found the plans to build your own (killer) robot on the internet. We're doomed if robots know how to read...
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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We're already doomed.

That robot disobeyed the First Law without so much as a 'by your leave'.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I love that the article says that he found the plans to build your own (killer) robot on the internet. We're doomed if robots know how to read...
I love that he was 81, and not only knew how to use the internet, but also how to build a suicide machine. And FOUR bullets - this guy wasn't joking around.
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