Roomba commits suicide by rolling itself onto a stove


Human suicide is a common thing, but when have you ever heard of a robot committing suicide? Well, it has happened, and it shall go down in history. Interestingly enough, the suicidal robot was a Roomba, which means it got tired of working, tired of being a slave to us humans, so it went ahead and killed itself.

The image above is the actual remains of the Roomba. It shall never clean another mess as it has since taken a trip to robot heaven. This Roomba is a martyr among its pals, and also a hero.

The question is, what actually happened? Well, it took place at Hinterstoder in Kirchdorf, Austria. Fireman Helmut Kniewasser had the following to say:

“The home-owner had put the small robot on the work surface to clean up some spilled cereal. Once the robot had done its job it was switched off but left on the kitchen sideboard.

Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the work surface where it pushed a cooking pot out of the way and basically that was the end of it.

It pretty quickly started to melt underneath and then stuck to the kitchen hotplate. It then caught fire. By the time we arrived, it was just a pile of ash.

I don’t know about the allegations of a robot suicide but the homeowner is insistent that the device was switched off – it’s a mystery how it came to be activated and ended up making its way to the hotplate.”

The homeowner said:

“The company that makes the robots is selling dangerous devices, I intend to sue to get compensation. It has ruined my home as everything is smoke damaged.”

If this story is true, it would then mean Roombas aren’t bound by the Three Laws of Robotics. How long until a Roomba kills a man?

[via Dailymail]

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  • melen001

    Yeah….. they can reactivate if the timer is set. I should know. You see mine just happened to be cooking a barbeque at 3 o’clock in the morning. He is very good at that might I say. Wonderful spare ribs……

  • Anne

    A Roomba can reactivate if Timer has been set – I learned that when I found mine cleaning hall in the middle of the night. I had set it accidentally.

  • CJ Cotter

    Hmmm……you guys ought to rethink this one. Roombas are expensive. That’s a LOT of money to waste on a visual prank. And it worked, too. You can see the tread-marks on the stove.

  • KMHamm

    Spontaneous Robot Combustion. It just happened to be found on the stove.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    [@jimx29] I agree, the whole thing sounds like BS. Besides, who uses a Roomba to clean up a cereal spill on the counter top?

  • CJ Cotter

    Is it possible that the Roomba needs to be kept away from elevated temperatures, for the same reason that server hardware and equipment are kept in air conditioned rooms? Is it possible that the components on the Roomba printed circuit board will react (or reactivate) if exposed to a heated environment?

    A good test would be to use a woman’s portable hair dryer on a Roomba to see if it will turn itself on.

  • Switch-kun

    Miss Monochrome would cry to tears. Google her. Also Google “Ruu-chan the Roomba”

    On a more related note, what kind of idiot puts a roomba on the counter top? It’s mainly for the floor. :/

  • melen001

    What??? …. committed suicide??? Poor thing…. I guess we’re not the only ones that are enslaved……. Looks like Roomba is smarter than us humans…. What do you think???

  • jimx29

    I call BS all the way. First off, the whole situation setup is very questionable, but then how does the owner not hear when a pot gets knocked off the stove, and then… does the stove get turned on? magic I tell ya….

  • etim

    I’ll bet the cats did it. They never did like that obnoxious little sucker.