And so it begins …

A Swedish company has been fined  roughly $3,000 after a robot attacked and almost killed one of its workers at a factory north of Stockholm.

The incident, which took place in 2007 in Balsta, goes something like this: “the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.  But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim’s head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries.”
“The man was very lucky. He broke four ribs and came close to losing his life,” Public prosecutor Leif Johansson told a local paper. 

So this is how the world ends, with robots firing the first salvos in the eventual apocalypse. 

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