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irobot-roomba-discovery-se.jpgRobot Cannon Kills 9, Wounds 14
By Noah Shachtman EmailOctober 18, 2007

We're not used to thinking of them this way. But many advanced military weapons are essentially robotic -- picking targets out automatically, slewing into position, and waiting only for a human to pull the trigger. Most of the time. Once in a while, though, these machines start firing mysteriously on their own. The South African National Defence Force "is probing whether a software glitch led to an antiaircraft cannon malfunction that killed nine soldiers and seriously injured 14 others during a shooting exercise on Friday."

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My roomba's named "Steve."

I was talking to a student just back from Iraq and he was telling me about some kind of gun that was perched on the wall of the base that could detect and shoot mortar rounds out of the air. Reminds me of the scene from the movie Aliens where they barricade themselves and set the remote sensor guns to shoot up the aliens. Initially I thought that was pretty cool but seeing this gives me the chills. How bad would it be to get killed or maimed by a robot that was supposed to be protecting you.

My friends roomba is named Gunter.

By the way, when did we start naming these things?

I can never look at a Roomba without thinking of that SNL 'commercial' where it was a self cleaning vaginal unit (The Woomba) that scurried around the floors and up your dress. I think it ended with Tina Fey, a look of satisfaction on her face, saying: "Thanks, Woomba!"

I've been afraid of the Roomba ever since.

Gary (named by my daughter after spongebob's pet snail), has been a crucial part of helping me manage my home while I've had to be at the hospital 24/7 for the last week. Being able to hit the "clean" button and come back with him sitting in his charger and the floors lightly vaccumed has helped me in more ways than I could imagine. So I want to give him a break, a night out...I've had offers from several people to have him "go out" with their roombas on a dae...my problem, which way does he swing? I'm fully supportive either way, I just want him to be happy. This leads to a whole new thread and possible website about roomba personals...oh my..where my mind goes now...

I have a question about these Roombas. How do they deal with pet hair? Anyone have experience with it? I can see this solving some issues on the home front, but that would be a determining factor.

They do really well with pet hair. The best thing about Roombas is their ability to get under beds, couches and the like. I still like to use the old fashioned vacuum but Roomba is a nice addition.

Also, we have not named our Roomba. We are open to suggestions.

We have two border collies and Gary does such a good job that we have to give his brushes a good cleaning every time or two he does our main floor. I'm VERY impressed. It took us one time to figure out what had to be moved so he didn't get in trouble..not a hassle at all.

Thanks for your replies. I'll be getting one. Should I be aware of any side effects of owning my first robot? Maybe inexplicably quoting mathematical proofs or something?

Just don't let it crawl up your skirt. Whoosh!

just dont name it HAL, this goes for you too *fire

This storay had way more promise before I realized that it said "Robot Cannon", and not "Robot Canine"

yay! i just wooted my first roomba! now i have to come up with a name. i'm thinking muffit.

yay! i just wooted my first roomba! now i have to come up with a name. i'm thinking muffit.

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