Germans Test Robot Safety Issues
At the recent 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the German Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics programmed a robotic arm to stab a silicone lump, a dead pig's leg and human volunteers. It was armed with steak and kitchen knives, a screwdriver and scissors. When the safety was off, the bot inflicted cuts on the lump and leg that were deemed potentially lethal. Fortunately, the humans only were used when the safety system was turned on, teaching us what we already knew. You never know when your robot will turn on you.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at May 10, 2010 9:10 AM