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in the 1987 Robocop Movie when Dick Jones introducing the His Robot ED-209 & Demonstrating to OCP chairman & Other Staff, ED-209 Kills Innocent Employee Without a Gun.. so my question is is this Malfunction of ED-209 Sabotage by "Bob Morton" to Get Approval from OCP to His Project Robocop or it's Just a Malfunction ED-209?

marked as duplicate by Valorum, RANSARA009, Community Jun 29 '16 at 14:15

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    My answer here makes mention of the reason for the failure of the ED-209 to recognise that the gun had been dropped; that it fell onto a thick carpet. – Valorum Jun 29 '16 at 14:06
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    You're asking why ED-209 went crazy. The answer is in the dupe. It didn't hear the gun drop and continued to treat the exec as a criminal with a gun. There's no evidence of anything other than the incompetence of the technicians and a premature demonstration that never should have gone ahead – Valorum Jun 29 '16 at 14:09
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    @RANSARA009 if you don't think it's a duplicate, why did you vote to close it as one? – phantom42 Jun 29 '16 at 16:43
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    I don't feel like this is a duplicate, on the other hand, I don't accept the premise of the question, unless there is something somewhere that suggests ED-209 was tampered with resulting in the malfunction. – Jack B Nimble Jun 30 '16 at 4:29
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    Not a dupe, and the fact that the answer is "no-one" doesn't make it a bad question :) – Andres F. Jan 18 at 18:16
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As far as we know, it was just a malfunction.

You might apply Hanlon's razor to the situation:

Hanlon's razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways including "Don't assume bad intentions over neglect and misunderstanding", "Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice", and "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by carelessness". It recommends a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for a phenomenon (a philosophical razor).

(emphasis mine)

In other words, we have no reason to believe that anybody sabotaged ED-209. Instead, the accident can be explained by rushed development, poor planning, improper testing, etc.

You could go a step further and say that this is part of the satirical nature of the movie, criticizing business practices that favor profit over the safety of the general public, but I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

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    From the reactions in that scene, it looks like Morton simply grabbed an opportunity that had suddenly and violently presented itself. There is nothing to suggest he was prepared for the malfunction. – John Sensebe Jun 29 '16 at 15:02
  • @JohnSensebe Yep, exactly. – Kevin Workman Jun 29 '16 at 15:17

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