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Fatty the robot smashes glass, injures visitor

Technically Incorrect: In China, a robot runs amok. But don't worry, it was all a human's fault for pushing the wrong button. Allegedly.

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Does Fatty feel remorse?

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This is a time when we must all come together and eschew a divisive life.

I'm talking about humans and robots, of course.

Currently, there's a certain tension between us. Humans fear robots are taking their jobs. Robots, on the other hand, are fearing that humans might be filling them with bum information.

That, at least, is my own suspicion. After all, every time a robot gets involved in an accident it's always traced back to a human's error. Well, except for the last time.

The latest incident of human-robot misinterpretation comes from China. As the People's Daily News reports, a robot knows as Fatty was at the China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen on Thursday.

Suddenly, Fatty attacked an exhibition booth. What had the booth done to him? Had someone in the booth chuckled at Fatty's strange teeth? Had someone there called him a "bug-eyed menace to society"?

It seems not. Instead, some careless human allegedly pressed the wrong button on this highly domesticated robot child-educator.

Fatty was supposed to go backward. Instead, he was propelled forward, straight through the glass of the neighboring booth. Shards from the glass reportedly cut the ankle of an innocent human bystander.

The People's Daily says this is the first time a Chinese robot has injured a human. It's already happened in the US. Allegedly, that is.

Earlier this year, the parents of a 16-month-old said that a 300-pound shopping mall robot ran over their son. The robot was withdrawn from service in order to receive corrective treatment.

People's Daily says that the man allegedly injured by Fatty was taken to hospital. Singapore's Straits Times reports that he went home after treatment.

Fatty's whereabouts are currently unknown.