At a high tech fair for kids in Shenzhen on Thursday, a robot nicknamed “Chubby” ran amok, smashing a glass window and injuring a visitor. Hey, we humans had a good run.
Despite the sensationalist talk online about the coming robotic revolution, it turns out that the robot — named Fabo but nicknamed “Chubby” — did not actually attack out of bloodlust, but was instead was poorly controlled by a hapless operator, so it appears that mankind has at least a few more years before facing annihilation at the cold, metallic hands of our creations.
One of the event’s organizers told reporters that the operator had accidentally hit the “forward” button instead of the one for reverse, sending Chubby crashing headlong into a neighboring exhibition booth, shattering a glass window, shards of which ended up in one visitor’s leg.
In the viral series of photos, the injured man was seen lying on a stretcher inside the 18th China High-Tech Fair. But it appears that robots still need to develop more of a killer instinct. The victim was taken to the hospital and released after receiving some stitches for his cuts.
Produced by a Beijing-based tech company called Evolver, Chubby is an educational robot that is designed for kids aged between 4-12 years old. If you’re looking to pick one up for your son or daughter it will only set you back 12,988 yuan.
Just make sure to lock your bedroom door at night.
[Images via Weibo]