Tuesday, July 18, 2006

MIT Fraternity Accused Of Robot Hazing

The Onion, a bastion of hard hitting investigative jouralism, broke this story.

Oh...the humanity! er, machinery.
Several members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity are in campus-police custody today following a brutal hazing incident in which one robot remains missing and two others are in critical condition with extensive circuitry and servo-motor injuries, sources revealed Monday.

The robots[...]were participating in an apparent initiation exercise that police say involved butyl alcohol and compressed air.
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The third robot, a tread-driven 38-inch-tall rover, is feared drowned after being forced to consume over 40 terabytes of data and then swim across the Charles River with a burning candle stuck in its rear port.
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On another occasion, a robot was locked in a room and forced to calculate pi to the 1083 decimal place in what officials called one of the worst cases of binge-thinking they'd ever seen.
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In protest, human-emotion-simulator robot Kismet, a respected member of the MIT community, announced that it will only display an expression of disapproval—refusing to smile, show fear, or raise a curious eyebrow—until those responsible receive appropriate punishment.
Please, read the entire disguting chronicle of egegious abuse. Shameful, I tell you, shameful.

MIT Fraternity Accused Of Robot Hazing | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

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