Rejoice! Clear news our soon-to-be robot overlords might just have an inherent weakness has arrived from Austria.
One of the little critters has been overcome with monotony and depression and 'committed suicide' - according to highly dubious reports.
A Roomba, fed-up with the never-ending daily grind of hoovering up strudel crumbs, turned itself on, mournfully wandered over to a hot plate and waited patiently until it had snuffed itself out, the reports said.
The little guy even barged its way past a heavy cooking pot, over-riding its in-built commands to steer out of the way of solid objects.
The sad but selfish consequences of the little bot's final act could have resulted in human casualties as the entire apartment building had to be evacuated.
Owner, Gernot Hackl said: "It's not possible to live here at the moment," reports the Mirror.
"I would never buy one again, you buy them to keep the place clean, not almost burn it down and ruin everything."
Needless to say there is currently no proof that the robot malfunctioned, intentionally or otherwise, and an investigation is ongoing.
Despite campaigners lobbying the international community to place a ban on fully autonomous robots, any deal is unlikely to cover the side effects of a self-terminating droid, clearly raising shortcomings in the proposed legislation.
On a more positive note for robots this week, a "multi-jointed, people-friendly robot arm, called UR5" became the first non-human to close the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York.
They're people-friendly for now...
Meet Jules, the newest and most realistic humanoid robot yet from David Hanson and the team at Hanson Robotics.
A robot that looks just like its creator (www.newscientist.com).
Engineers at Kagawa University in Japan are developing a talking robotic version of the human mouth: To enable the robot's speaking abilities, engineers at Japan's Kagawa University used an air pump, artificial vocal chords, a resonance tube, a nasal cavity, and a microphone attached to a sound analyzer as substitutes for human vocal organs.
ACTROID-F in AIST Open Lab 2010.
Robot modeled after Albert Einstein. Einstein mimics the facial expressions he detects in others. Smile at him, and he'll smile back.
Cybernetic human dance demo in DCEXPO, 2010.
Humanoid face created by Hanson Robotics (www.hansonrobotics.com). Robotics scientists at Hanson previously created animatronic puppets for Disney studios.
Animatronic baby mechanism for anonymous TV series. Built by Chris Clarke for CNFX Workshop.
Taiwanese Kissing Robots (NTUST Robot) were exhibited in AutoRob2009 in Gwangju, Korea. They were developed by Prof. Chyi-Yeu Lin's research team in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Robot girl with silicone skin.