AutoCorrect Claims First Human Life

AutoCorrect Claims First Human Life

With all the daily dramas caused by predictive text input, it's perhaps not so surprising that eventually one would end in violence. But a recent tragic confrontation in London— in which an unintended word eventually led to a bloody stabbing death— may represent a chilling new low for the oft-bemoaned cell phone feature.

Briton Neil Brook has been found guilty of the manslaughter of his neighbor Josef Witkowski, whom he stabbed to death in a violent encounter at Brook's home. Brook said Witkowski came over in a rage after a text conversation between them got heated due to a perceived insult. Witkowski reportedly got a message from Brook calling him a "nutter," or British slang for crazy person, when Brook meant to say "mutter."

Brook claims Witkowski came to his apartment brandishing a knife, and when the two got into a scuffle, he killed Witkowski with his own knife that he kept stashed away. Witkowski suffered over 100 stab wounds, and Brook is expected to receive a "lengthy" jail sentence.

So, yeah, go ahead and make that call (or at least Gchat!) the next time you get into a heated argument . The life you save could be your own.

[Daily Mail via Gawker]

Tags: texting, murder, autocorrect
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