Science Fiction Nightmare Comes To Life
Prof Hawking and Elon Musk warned us this would happen. A real experience from a science fiction nightmare.
A robot created by Russian scientists and is designed to work in customer relations by interacting with humans realistically, answering questions and remembering every person it has ever met.
The robot named Promobot was being worked on at a research lab but after an engineer accidentally left a perimeter gate open, Promobot walked straight out of the lab’s premises and ended up on the busy road outside.
The robot was on the road outside the research lab for more than an hour and police arrived on the scene to direct traffic around Promobot.
Though it was designed to avoid obstacles and to turn around when it reached a boundary, Promobot got halfway across the road until its batteries ran out, leaving it stranded.
Contact was made with the research lab and Promobot was retrieved.
Oleg Kivokurtsev, co-founder of the company which created the robot, said: ‘We were very nervous and feel bad that the robot has created traffic congestion. I should say that drivers were very nice, and did not swear at the machine, simply passing it by.” although it sparked interest from passers-by with children nagging their parents into letting them talk to it.
We may have been lucky this time, but when will our technology turn on us for good?