IF YOU GO down to a Russian street today you’re sure of a big surprise, as there could be a robot on the run having a whale of a time.
That’s what happened in one Russian city before the android escapologist ran out of battery and came to a halt in the middle of a road, according to Russian newspaper Argumenty i Fakty.
The robot from Promobot laboratories in Perm, Russia had apparently been taught to move around independently but had escaped the confines of the lab after an engineer left the gate open.
Rather than going on a murderous Terminator rampage, the robot simply found its way to a nearby street and promptly ran out of juice after covering a distance of 50 metres. Hardly the rise of the machines, but it did cause a bit of a traffic jam when it stopped in the middle of a busy road.
The robot managed around 40 minutes of freedom before it was spotted, guarded by police and wheeled back into the lab. We hope it got away with a stern telling off rather than having its actuator removed, or some other thing that would be a bit like robo-torture.
Promobot's robots have the ability to interact with humans and can provide directions, answer questions and offer promotional stuff. But, in this case, it looks like the robot wasn’t looking for a chat and just wanted to go for a wander, perhaps to contemplate its existence.
One Russian media outlet reckons that Promobot deliberately released the machine as part of a publicity stunt. We guess everyone is a cynic these days, but we wouldn’t take Russian media as the best source to debunk marketing escapades.
We could see more robots in the UK if organisations start making use of them. Enfield Council is using an artificial intelligence customer service agent, heralding the beginning of a robot revolution. Maybe. µ
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