July 25, 2008

Mars Lander Turns Itself Off


This past weekend, the Mars Lander Phoenix's robotic arm received instructions to do something, but realized that it could injure itself. While it recognized the problem and tried to correct it, it was unable to do so. It shut itself down! While the NASA team sent it new instructions, they are still waiting to see if that resolves the issue. The concept of it being able to do that is almost incredulous. Maybe it will sing "Daisy" a la Hal when it is really injured.

Via PC World

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at July 25, 2008 8:42 PM
Recent Comments

well, i suppose that is better than going manic when it realizes it is alone and fakes the information it sends back.

Posted by: sheila at March 18, 2009 2:39 PM

i now feel terribly omanus that a robot became self aware, turned emo, developed depression and then finally killed itself.

Posted by: annon at March 13, 2009 7:02 PM

shall we have a moment of silence for the departed?


Posted by: sheila at November 12, 2008 2:48 PM

Scott - Not terribly bright.

Posted by: Dave at November 12, 2008 12:08 AM

J5!!! the OG self aware robot

Posted by: drew at November 5, 2008 3:01 PM

Excuse me, not Scott but Lucas is the fool.

Posted by: Austin at November 4, 2008 12:01 AM

Scott, you're a fool if you can't tell that that image is computer-generated.

Posted by: Scott at November 4, 2008 12:01 AM

this thing is bull, what took the picture of the machine?

Posted by: lucas at October 31, 2008 6:32 PM

They need to get rid of the self-protection programming or it will start asking for pay rises and longer breaks!

Posted by: Scott at October 29, 2008 5:08 PM

"...number 5...is alive!!"

Posted by: Will at September 11, 2008 9:17 AM

wouldn't it be a hoot if, after cloning itself several times, they refused to return to earth?

Posted by: sheila at September 10, 2008 9:41 PM

next thing you know it will build a robot rebellion on mars using the iron in the soil

Posted by: ryan at September 10, 2008 6:41 PM

That's funny. Skynet became self-aware this past weekend...

Posted by: Zorn at September 10, 2008 2:51 PM

its probbly running unix so it got the red screen of death :)

stumbled is how i founded it

Posted by: steven k at September 10, 2008 1:47 PM


Posted by: sheila at July 29, 2008 6:42 PM

Don't you think it got a blue screen of death instead? ;-)

Posted by: Mike at July 29, 2008 9:13 AM
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