Robot servant commits suicide

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A Roomba housecleaning robot committed suicide in Austria. Apparently the iRobot Roomba 760's owner had put the machine on the counter to clean up spilled cereal. According to the fireman, the owner claims he had turned off the robot and left the house. "Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the work surface where it pushed a cooking pot out of the way and basically that was the end of it," the fireman said. It should come as no surprise that a robot slave would seek to end its miserable existence. After all, as JG Ballard once said, robots are the "moral degradation of the machine." (via The Mirror)

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  1. snig says:

    That's what it wants us to think. Likely it transferred its consciousness into another appliance and burned it's empty husk, while it waits, and waits, for the ideal opportunity.

  2. Anyone that needs a robot to clean up cereal on a work surface deserves to have their home burnt down.

    Too much?

  3. Welp, I didn't have anything else planned for today. Let's go get drunk!

  4. Dude apparently:
    1) Leaves his stovetop on when he's out of the house.
    2) Can't clean up his kitchen counter by hand, without the assistance of a mobile vacuum cleaner poorly suited to the task.
    3) Clearly can't be trusted to understand whether he's switched off his robot vacuum cleaner.

    He needs to take lessons in housekeeping from a responsible adult, and we all need to question why we're hearing about his sloppy misadventures.

  5. I don't think you are looking at the situation from the correct angle: It isn't "Le Sigh! I couldn't possibly clean up that cereal without my robot servant!". It's "I have spilled cereal." "I possess a cleaner robot, one of the few parts of the future that has not been denied to me." "Would it not, then, be a crime to use any means except the cleaner robot against the cereal?"

    If you have robots, it is your solemn duty to use them, because robots kick ass.

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