South Korean Robot Kills Its Inspector

I haven’t seen enough attention paid to a tragic story out of South Korea:

The robotic arm, confusing the man for a box of vegetables, grabbed him and pushed his body against the conveyer belt, crushing his face and chest, South Korean news agency Yonhap said.

Nobody should write “confusing the man for a box of vegetables” without more detailed explanation.

What about a person “confused” a robot into seeing a box instead, and why was this even possible?

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