Written by Nate John Won

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

image for The AI Bug Bytes Back - Sinister Virus Attacking Androids

For the second time in the twenty-four months, androids made by Brit Android Industries (BAI) - the UK's largest android supplier - have been affected by a sinister program virus. Thousands of household androids have been reported as faulty, and as such, have neglected to follow orders. Some androids have even been labeled as 'defiant' and 'rebellious'.

The first of the complaints was reported by Mrs. Pye-Whakkit, of Budleigh-Salterton, Devon. She claimed that her housework android refused to vacuum the lounge carpet and even self-shredded the duster before going into 'sleep mode' in silent protest.

In keeping with British government standards, to date, androids have been designed and built according to Asmiov's three laws of robotics, and as such, should pose no harm to humans.

'Although at present, the androids are merely protesting against menial tasks,' said Michael Rowboat, Minister for Home-help, 'there is always the chance that they could become dangerous within the blink of an eye.'

BAI claim that their software development teams follow strict processes when creating upgrades for the androids. They have ensured customers that they will soon supply a code 'patch' to all official outlet stores, where a free copy can be collected, providing there is proof of insurance.

Nevertheless, in the meantime customers are requested to return any androids displaying human traits (e.g., selfishness, racism, violence) to their local BAI outlet. In return, they will be provided with a fully-functioning reconditioned android model of their choice.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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