Incident 217: Robot at a Chinese Tech Fair Smashed a Glass Booth, Injuring a Visitor

Description: At the 18th China Hi-Tech Fair, a robot suddenly smashed through a glass booth and injured a visitor, after a staff member reportedly mistakenly pressed a button, causing it to reverse and accelerate.


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Alleged: Evolver developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed fair visitors.

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Khoa Lam

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