October 20, 2010

Experiment Tests Robotic Violence


Slovenian Borut Povse somehow managed to get some of his coworkers to volunteer to let his robot, a small production-line worker from the Japanese firm Epson, punch them continuously. Some of the six allowed the violence to go on 18 times and then rated their pain. A majority of them said that it was mild to moderate. While Povse claims that the experiment was designed to learn how to keep robots from harming humans, we wonder if it is a good idea to tempt Isaac Asimov's law of robotics that clearly states "a robot may not injure a human being."

Via New Scientist

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at October 20, 2010 9:10 PM
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