Anyone else feel a chill down their spine?
Scientists at the University of Ljubljana are teaching robots how to cause human beings pain. They've set up a giant industrial robot and are ordering it to punch participants in the arm in order to assess the discomfort caused by each strike. It sounds like boot-camp for the robot apocalypse, but the researchers actually have a sane reason for this wacky experiment. (NewScientist)
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When you have robots controlling heavy machinery, the occasional collision with a human is inevitable. This research will help researchers program robots to limit their speed around humans in order to minimize the damage caused by accidental impact.
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Yeah, it all seems pretty reasonable. We'll be telling ourselves that right up to the point where the Punch Bots start their manic purge.