Woman Angered With Robot Receptionist Attacks It With Wood Plank
The scene was straight out of a sci-fi movie - a crazed woman attacking a robotic receptionist in a hospital lobby, but this was real life in the Affiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical University in China.
The machine, designed to check in patients, had clearly become a source of frustration for the woman in the yellow coat. In the video, she could be seen shouting abuse at the robot before repeatedly striking it with a large stick.
The hospital staff wisely backed away from the chaos as pieces of the machine flew everywhere. Despite the brutal beating, the robot somehow managed to revive itself, swiveling its head and raising its arms as if to say, "Is that all you've got?"
It was an impressive feat, no doubt due to the resilience and advanced technology built into the machine.
The hospital security department reportedly said that the police were called in following the incident. Medics' initial assessment was that the woman may be suffering from mental illness, local media report.
It is currently unclear if the woman was detained.
Robots Do The Tasks
The incident highlighted a growing trend in Chinese hospitals, where robots are being used more and more for tasks that were traditionally done by nurses or other medical personnel. While this has its advantages, such as reducing the risk of human error, it also means that patients may miss out on the personal touch and care that comes from interacting with a human caregiver.
As the video spread on social media, it sparked a lively debate about the pros and cons of using robots in healthcare. Some argued that machines were more efficient and objective, while others pointed out that nothing could replace the empathy and intuition of a caring nurse or doctor.
Whatever one's views on the matter, there was no denying the spectacle of the woman versus the robot. It was a reminder that while technology can achieve amazing things, there is always a risk that it may trigger unexpected and even violent reactions from humans who feel frustrated, ignored, or overwhelmed.
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