It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
A robotic vacuum cleaner "attacked" a South Korean woman while she slept by attempting to suck up the hair on her head.
The woman, a 52-year-old resident of Changwon who has not been named, was awoken by the pain and, unable to extricate herself from the robot, called the fire department for help.
She was eventually freed by paramedics, escaping serious injury but losing several strands of hair.
The incident, which took place on January 3, highlighted the potential risk of this type of accident in South Korea, where sitting and sleeping on the floor is common practice.
The vacuum only stopped running more than a minute after initially ingesting the woman's hair.
She was still unable to free herself from the vacuum and made a "desperate rescue request" call to 119, South Korea's emergency telephone number.
Robotic vacuum cleaners are equipped with sensors allowing them to clean surfaces by detecting dirt while avoiding obstacles such as stairs, people and cables - but not, seemingly, human hair that is still attached.
For instance, you give the instructions to a drone equipped with A.I. to take out a specific target. The A.I. then thinks the best way to get to it's target is to kill the targets family to flush them out. So the instructions would have to be very narrow. Something like, only kill your target and nobody else can be killed.
originally posted by: Yeahkeepwatchingme
Ugh I want real robots, these things are just novelties for lazy people.
Nothing. But we do all kinds of things that aren't necessary. What is the specific job of a robotic pet dinosaur?
originally posted by: Soylent Green Is People
Necessity is the Mother of Invention. What would necessitate spending the resources to design a build a robot if it wasn't designed with a specific job or jobs in mind?