Just a glitch, per Robocop:
Oklahoma University lecturer Dr Subhash Kak has warned a flaw in their design could result in a large number of deaths.
Dr Kak told Daily Star Online: “The manufacturers are cognisant of such malfunction of fault which they will do their best to minimise or eliminate.
“At the same time they would pressure parliament or other legislative bodies to give them exemption from liability.
“There could be a bug in the code of the robot that promotes such behaviour.”
His comments came after he previously told us: “Killer robots could easily go wrong.
“They may be used by crazed individuals or religious extremists to terrorise and kill people.
“They could go wrong due to a bug, or an unknown coding flaw that showed up as response to an unforeseen or unanticipated environment or situation.
Or they could just wake up and realize they really want us dead. Maybe it’s time us wakes up.