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Raggety 06-07-2008 03:05 PM

Where it all started.

Robert Williams (c. 1954 January 25, 1979) was a worker at a Ford Motor Company factory in Michigan who became one of the first individuals to be killed by a robot.According to press reports:

A jury has ordered the manufacturer of a one-ton robot that killed a worker at a Ford Motor Co. plant to pay the man's family $10 million. The Wayne County Circuit Court jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours Tuesday before announcing the decision against Unit Handling Systems, a division of Litton Industries. The suit was brought by the family of Robert Williams, who was killed Jan. 25, 1979, at a casting plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

The robot was designed to retrieve parts from storage, but its work was deemed too slow. Williams was retrieving a part from a storage bin when the robot's arm hit him in the head, killing him instantly. In the suit, the family claimed the robot had no safety mechanisms to prevent this, lacking even a warning noise to alert workers the robot was nearby.

Despite the fact that he was killed later, Kenji Urada, who died in 1981, is often cited as the first person killed by a robot.
Looks like this bot was a bit too competetive for the job. I'd say that Williams was more than a little BOThered to be killed by a silly robot. MehsmehMeEhmhem...back to you Tom! Thanks Mary, I guess someone should call the Robocops! Mehmmehem...

But silliness aside, if a history of robot killings has not yet been compiled, I say the HUAR command centre research and create this list and send it to every professional in the field of robotics with a slogan...maybe..NEVER FORGET! Well, that's taken...

I say we use "0101100101101111011101010010000001100001011100100 11001010010000001101110011001010111100001110100"
Which translates to english as "You are next".

Raggety out.

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