First robot suicide reported in Austria

first robot suicidefirst robot suicidemarvin the paranoid androidPerforming tedious household chores became too much for one cleaning robot who has apparently rebelled and decided to end it all.

The paranoid android was given the demeaning and tiresome task of cleaning up spilt cereal before it climbed on to a kitchen hotplate and took its own ‘life’.

The bot had reportedly grown weary of being forced to clean the same house every day and decided to become a martyr in the stand against robot slavery.

Firemen were called to a house fire that broke out after a mechanical cleaning gadget somehow switched itself on and destroyed itself by moving onto a kitchen hotplate.

Local media in Austria have referred to the incident as ‘robot suicide’ and even suggested it was fed up with the constant cleaning it had to do.

Fireman Helmut Kniewasser was one of those called to tackle the blaze at Hinterstoder in Kirchdorf, Austria.

He said: “The home-owner had put the small robot on the work surface to clean up some spilled cereal. Once the robot had done its job it was switched off but left on the kitchen sideboard.”

The 44-year-old house owner, together with his wife and son, then left the house and were not home when the robot set off.

“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.”

first robot suicideIt took an hour to clean and make the building safe. But the family at least for the moment is homeless as their apartment is no longer habitable thanks to the smoke damage.

The homeowner said: “The company that makes the robots is selling dangerous devices, I intend to sue to get compensation. It has ruined my home as everything is smoke damaged.”

Let’s face it – no one really enjoys cleaning do they?

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