Robot Designed for Chess Attacks Human, Breaks Bones

A chess robot attacked a human and drew blood. This sounds like a Terminator synopsis, but it's real life.

Chess robot attack human
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So... if you're anything like me, you're a bit conscious of robots eventually running rampant and dominating humans. Actually... subjugating and dominating humans. What was once the plot of science-fiction, is now a very real fear, and stories like the one you're about to read don't exactly make me feel better about it all.

Chess Robot Attacked Child

Now, think about this for a second: The scariest type of AI is an AI that is smart and can learn independetly, right? If you think about chess and how smart your 'average' pro-level chess player is, then... you can put two and two together and arrive at the conclusion that the smartest type of AI would probably be the one that can teach itself chess. It'd be a world of trouble if one of those smart robots were to attack a human, yet... that's what happened. As if the Google AI fearing its own death wasn't scary enough.

Here's the play by play: Human moves too fast before robot has finished its turn, and robot attacks the human by grabbing its finger and breaking it. This happened in Russia - because, of course it did - at the Miscow Open. The human in question is a 7-year old boy, who has since resumed play, and here's what the officials had to say about the incident:

The robot broke the child's finger - this, of course, is bad. The robot was rented by us, it has been exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists. Apparently, the operators overlooked it. The child made a move, and after that we need to give time for the robot to answer, but the boy hurried, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot. There are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them. When he made his move, he did not realise he first had to wait.

Long story short: The child is to blame. And that's how it starts...