viernes, junio 09, 2006
Jun 8th 2006
From The Economist print edition
Robot safety: As robots move into homes and offices, ensuring that they do not injure people will be vital. But how?
IN 1981 Kenji Urada, a 37-year-old Japanese factory worker, climbed over a safety fence at a Kawasaki plant to carry out some maintenance work on a robot. In his haste, he failed to switch the robot off properly. Unable to sense him, the robot's powerful hydraulic arm kept on working and accidentally pushed the engineer into a grinding machine. His death made Urada the first recorded victim to die at the hands of a robot.