First Recorded Human Death by Robot

On January 25, 1979, Robert Williams, a 25-year-old worker at the Ford Motor Company Factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, is said to be the first man in history to be killed by a robot. 

A robotic arm designed to pick up and remove stray parts from a work-area began functioning slower than normally intended, and Williams entered the area to speed up the process by picking up the parts himself. 

The robotic arm descended unexpectedly and struck him in the head, killing him instantly.

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