24 Amazon Workers Hospitalized After Robot Accidentally Uses Bear Spray

Many people worry about the possibility of robots and other machines possibly taking over the world some day. And unfortunately a new story from an Amazon factory will not assuage those fears.

24 workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in New Jersey were hospitalized after a robot accidentally unleashed bear spray into the facility. 30 other workers were treated at the center but were not sent to a hospital. While one person was listed as being in critical condition, reports say all 24 workers are expected to be released from the hospital within 24 hours.

An official investigation from Amazon revealed than an automated machine "accidentally punctured a 9-ounce bear repellent can, releasing concentrated Capsaicin." Capsaicin is the main ingredient in pepper spray.

Leaders from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union released a statement criticizing Amazon for their safety procedures, as well as their resistance to allowing their workers to unionize.

"Amazon's automated robots put humans in life-threatening danger today, the effects of which could be catastrophic and the long-term effects for 80 plus workers are unknown," union president Stuart Appelbaum said in a statement. "The richest company in the world cannot continue to be let off the hook for putting hard working people's lives at risk. Our union will not back down until Amazon is held accountable for these and so many more dangerous labor practices."

But I think Amazon isn't who we should be looking at right now. Instead we should be investigating this robot. Sure, he'll claim this bear spray incident was just an accident, but what happens when he gets a case for fireworks next? 

Could this be the beginning of the robot revolution?

(h/t ABC News)

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