Steven Smith via Promobot/Promobot
If you’re worried about intelligent robots around the planet, don’t be. Self-driving cars are here to take down them.
Although, you may have to start preparing for self-driving cars to wipe out humankind instead.
What ’s maybe the most futuristic story ever, a driverless Tesla knocked down an autonomous robot after the computerised sufferer sneaked into the road.
The incident occurred on Paradise Road, Las Vegas on Sunday night (January 6), as engineers carried a number of their robots into a display booth ahead of CES – an yearly trade show which advertises itself as ‘the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced into the marketplace. ’
The robot has been a v4 version from Promobot; part of a collection of ‘autonomous robot[s] designed for company purposes’, which can be rentable for $2,000 per day.
The Promobot site reads:
It is able to communicate with individuals on any topic, recognize faces, answer questions, maneuver around avoiding obstacles, move its arms and head, show various materials on its own display and integrate with third-party devices and systems. [sic]
They function as roles of administrators, promoters, hostesses, Museum guides, advisers, concierges, and several more.
Following Sunday’s crash, the firm revealed among the creations were ‘killed’ as the robots created their way into the booth at around 7pm, once the bot strayed out of line and into the parking lot roadway in which it had been struck by a Tesla Model S.
The car was operating in autonomous manner, however in accordance with this Mail Online, there was a passenger on board. The automobile continued driving another 50 metres after the injury before finally coming to a halt.
Now, I’m not saying for certain the robot had become self aware and was attempting to escape out of its life as a grinning servant, but I’m only going to leave it for your consideration.
Steven Smith through Promobot
While I’m fairly confident in my theory, other individuals think the episode was actually an over-the-top PR stunt from the firm – although it’s improbable Elon Musk understood anything about that. The crash doesn’t just do much to promote the security of Tesla’s driverless cars.
Promobot explained, as both futuristic inventions collided the robot was tipped on to the side, inducing ‘serious harm ’ which is likely irreparable.
The wounded bot was not able to be exhibited at CES as parts of the human body, head, arm mechanics, and motion stage were destroyed.
According to the Mail Online, Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot’s Development Director, talked about the episode, stating:
Obviously we are vexed. We introduced this robot from Philadelphia to participate at CES.
Now it neither cannot participate in case or be retrieved.
We’ll conduct an internal evaluation and find out why the robot went into the roadway.
Tesla passenger George Caldera explained:
There was no one there, no men, no cars. I switched this Tesla into a self-driving manner and it began to move. And wow! A robot in the track!
I believed the flivver would come round, but it warms straightly into the it! [sic] I am quite sorry, the robot looks cute. And my sincere apologies to engineers.
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