Anniversary of the first Robot death

22 Jul

Just a random fact about robots killing humans:

On July 21, 1984, at about 1 p.m., a worker at Diecast Corp. in Jackson, Mich.found Harry Allen, 34, a diecast operator pinned between a factory pole and the back of an industrial robot. But Allen's co-worker couldn't come to his aid. Using the robot's controller, the company's director of manufacturing finally unpinned Allen, who was alive but in cardiac arrest. He died in a hospital five days later.

Allen had entered a restricted area, presumably to clean up scrap metal from the floor. While there, he got in the way of the robot's work, and thus became the first …U.S. victim of an industrial robot-related accident.

Today is the anniversary of the first murder of an American by robots. Mark it on your calendar now, since it will be a national holiday when the robots take over.

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