“A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker has said,” reports the Guardian, spinning an industrial accident into an internet sensation.
The 22-year-old was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against a metal plate, Hillwig said.
He said initial conclusions indicate that human error was to blame, rather than a problem with the robot, which can be programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process. He said it normally operates within a confined area at the plant, grabbing auto parts and manipulating them.
A programmable materials-handling machine is properly called a robot, however, the writer’s clever use of the verb phrase “has killed” invites the reader to imagine that the robot has agency in this case because the phrase is equally valid for deaths inflicted willfully (“a man has killed”) or passively (“a falling wall has killed”).
And anyway, the Guardian reads like the soul of discretion alongside Liberty Voice’s hysterical story “German Robot Kills Volkswagen Worker as Real Rise of Machines Reported”:
A German robot has killed a worker at the production unit of Volkswagen, in an incident which reveals the real rise of machines in the modern age. This can be considered as one of the first reported incidents which is evidence of machines and robots rising against the human race. With the fast-paced development in technology and growth of artificial intelligence, many sections of the society including scientists, sound skeptical when they are asked if humans will always be able to control the far superior and intelligent robots that we have built or will build in future. Considering the speed at which humans are becoming completely dependent on machines, it has been predicted that machines and robots will soon take over our lives, with many suggesting that it has already happened….
Here at File 770, of course, we practice responsible internet journalism, which is defined as repeating the irresponsible story verbatim with a skeptical introduction. Because cake, having and eating too!