June 18, 2005

NOTHING CAN GO WRONG...GO WRONG...GO WRONG...:

Where's Waldo? (Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, June 13, 2005, SF Chronicle)

Waldo the pill-dispensing robot apparently went berserk this past week at UCSF Medical Center, sending a doctor and patient running for cover.

Whacked-out Waldo is one of three battery-operated, rolling robots that dispense pills at the hospital. The other two are named Elvis and Lisa Marie.

All three are about the size of a large TV and are programmed to roam from floor to floor, distributing medications to nursing stations.

At the end of their rounds, the robots are supposed to roll into the basement pharmacy for refills.

But Tuesday, Waldo shot past the pharmacy and barged uninvited into the examination room in the radiation oncology department, where -- according to an anonymous caller -- a doctor was examining a cancer patient.

According to the caller, Waldo wouldn't leave, and the startled doctor and patient felt obliged to flee the room.


Can't you just see the last few elderly Japanese cowering in terror as their robot masters rampage?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2005 9:26 AM
Comments

The threat robots pose has been exposed by Saturday Night Live 10 years ago.

Posted by: Benjamin at June 18, 2005 12:01 PM

When they start singing "Daisy" or tell you there's a problem with the AE-35 Unit, that's when you need to be worried.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 18, 2005 12:16 PM

They should've seen this coming when Rossum's Universal Robots won the low bid to build the system.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 18, 2005 2:26 PM

Westworld.

Posted by: Steve White at June 18, 2005 7:08 PM

Bingo!

Posted by: oj at June 18, 2005 7:38 PM
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