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Robot Beats Man In Sweden, Grabbing His Head and Shaking Him

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A Swedish industrial worker was attacked by a malfunctioning robot two years ago in Sweden, and has this week won a lawsuit against the company that owned the vicious bot. Apparently, the man tried to fix the robot, which was designed to lift rocks. But he failed to turn the robot off first, and it grabbed him by the head and lifted him up. Could this be the beginning of the robot revolution?

Here is the story, translated from a Swedish newspaper:

A company must pay fines of 25,000 kronar because it has been deemed responsible for the [robot attack].

"I have never heard of a robot who beat a man in this way," said prosecutor Leif Johansson.

In June 2007, a man who is employed at a factory in Bålsta north of Stockholm took a look at a malfunctioning robotized machine. The machine was used for lifting heavy stones. When the man went into the building he thought that he had cut the power to the machine but he had not. Instead, the robot was activated and forcibly grabbed the man's head. He managed to defend himself, but received serious injuries on the body.

"The man was very lucky. He had four broken ribs and was almost killed," said Leif Johansson


via SvD (thanks, Lars!)