On July 4, 1981, one of the first persons killed by a robot was reported. Japanese 37 year-old Kenji Uruda worked in a Kawasaki Heavy Industries factory as a maintenance engineer. He was working on a broken robot. He had forgotten to turn off the robot completely, which resulted in his death: the hydraulic arm of the robot pushed him slowly into a grinding machine. His death was not made public until December 8 that year, after the investigation by the labor standards bureau was completed.
Uruda was not the first person to be killed by a robot. Two years earlier, a man named Robert Williams was killed after he was struck by a robotic arm in a casting plant in Michigan.
Were these the first signs that robots are innately evil?
She looks a little clumsy still, but this was 2010. The One True God only knows where we stand now… Imagine that shaky, cold, evil looking thing approach you while you’re asleep. *shivers* I think she looks rather creepy.
Is a war with our own creations what our future has in store for us? Watch the following trailer.
Haunting thoughts, no?
I hope with this story and these videos I have inspired you to write another flash fiction story. Write a 1000 words on death caused by a robot (and that can be about our race’s destruction or a single death like, feel free to be very creative).
I love to read your stories so don’t forget to share it here!
Please share your thoughts about this phenomenon. I think this is an issue very much of today and our near future. Have you ever thought about the possibilities? The chance that we will actually be destroyed by robots I think is relatively small, but still… The idea gives me goosebumps.