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