Overworked Robot 'Commits' Suicide in South Korea After Nine Hours of Nonstop Work

The robot supervisor, a hardworking employee of Gumi City Council, diligently worked every day from 9 am to 6 pm. This tireless machine managed daily tasks with precision, showcasing the relentless effort put in by modern AI technology. However, the intense workload ultimately led to a tragic incident, shedding light on the stress and challenges faced by robots in demanding work environments.

Overworked Robot 'Commits' Suicide in South Korea After Nine Hours of Nonstop Work

In a surprising turn of events, a civil servant robot working for the Gumi City Council in South Korea apparently 'committed suicide,' leaving many perplexed. This incident is being termed as the country's first 'robot suicide.'

Officials reported that the robot threw itself down a flight of stairs for unexplained reasons. On June 26, the Gumi City Council announced that parts of the robot, dubbed Robot Supervisor, were found scattered under the stairs between the first and second floors of the council building.

According to a Daily Mail report, the Robot Supervisor was a dedicated employee of the Gumi City Council, working tirelessly every day from 9 am to 6 pm. This incident raises questions about the impact of work pressure on robots and the stress they may endure in demanding roles.

The robot had come under stress due to excessive workload, reported Daily Mail. Local residents told that before falling down, it kept circling in the same place for a long time. Then it jumped down. Why and how it fell down is being investigated. The pieces have been collected by the special investigation team and they will be analysed by the company. People were very fond of the robot employee as it used to deliver various types of government papers to the local residents. It used to also give information to people.

The ‘robot supervisor’ was appointed in August 2023. This was the first robot to be appointed as an officer. It was built by California’s robot startup, Bear Robotics. It also had a civil service officer’s card.

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