The unnamed man was working on installing a robot arm for the production line with a colleague when the arm suddenly struck.
So apparently a robot has just killed a man in Kassel, Germany. Holy crap people run for your life! Skynet has begun the genocide!
Actually, it wasn't Skynet but Volkswagen. No need to panic, people, it was just accident. Accidents happen everyday. The accident occurred in a Volkswagen production facility where a 22-year-old contractual worker was crushed by a robot arm.
Volkswagen spokesperson Heiko Hillwig talked about the details of the unfortunate incident. The unnamed man was working on installing a robot arm for the production line with a colleague when the arm suddenly struck. The arm pinned him with heavy force against a metal plate. He didn’t die on the spot but was then brought immediately to a nearby hospital. The injuries were too severe however as he passed away in the hospital.
Hillwig mentions that the accident had mainly human error to blame as who actually programs the robot arms? Normally the humans are behind protective glass in cages of sort but since this was a hands-on installation the man had to be up close with the machine.
The Volkswagen spokesperson also states that this new robot was one of the newer generation lightweight collaborative robots that work closely with workers on the production line.
This isn’t the first robot caused fatality as there are malfunctions that happen and it will be unavoidable. Especially as more corporations want more integration with cybernetics and machines. A world filled with robots and artificial intelligence is direction our world is throttling full speed towards to.
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