Chinese robot attacks and injures people at Trade Fair

NEW DELHI: A Chinese robot named ‘Fatty’ recently went haywire, then smashed a booth and injured a visitor at a trade fair in Shenzen, sparking fears of a robot ‘invasion’ , reported People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party.

‘Fatty’ – also referred to as ‘Little Chubby’ – went out of control at the China Hi-Tech Fair 2016 on Thursday, smashing a glass window of an exhibition booth. The exploding glass from the trade booth injured a visitor, but not seriously. “This is the first time in China that a robot has injured a human being,” People’s Daily wrote.

‘Fatty’ is designed for educational purposes for children in the 4-12 age category. It’s produced by a Beijing-based tech company and costs about $1,500, according to WhatsOnWeibo.com.

Chinese netizens on social networking site Weibo wondered if the attack was the first salvo in a war between robots and humans, WhatsOnWeibo.com said.

“This robot is a pioneer in his struggle against humanity,” one commenter wrote. “The invasion of the robots has started”, another wrote. “The Terminator is out there!” said yet another, according WhatsOnWeibo.com.

Still, this isn’t the first such ‘attack’ by a robot.

In July, a 16-month-old boy in California got knocked down and run over by a security robot in a shopping centre in Stanford. His parents said the machine is dangerous and that they feared another child will get hurt, abc7news.com reported.

That robot was 5 feet tall and weighed 300 pounds.

“The robot hit my son’s head and he fell down facing down on the floor and the robot did not stop and it kept moving forward,” the boy’s mom Tiffany Teng said.

She added that the robot ran over his right foot, causing it to swell, but luckily the child didn’t suffer any broken bones.

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