This occurs when you tell a Primitive Robot Intelligence something like Russel's Paradox. Usually steam starts to come out of their head, and they spin in circles. Eventually their head explodes.

This is the best way to defeat any malevolent AI; just confuse it and it'll overheat. This is put in by SF tv writers who have inadvertently introduced villains who are better than humans in every way - faster, smarter, higher tech, more patient, not influenced by emotion. The only way to make the hero win in the end is by introducing this absurd weakness. Robotic Brain Meltdown comes up quite often in Doctor Who.

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