A Robot In Russia Has Made a Second Escape Attempt

A robot in Russia caused an unusual traffic jam last week after it “escaped” from a research lab, and now, the artificially intelligent bot is making headlines again after it reportedly tried to flee a second time, according to news reports.

The Promobot IR77 is programmed to understand and learn from its experiences and surroundings and has now twice escaped from the facility it is housed in. The robot is programmed to avoid obstacles and analyse its surrounding area, which has lead to the bot searching for escape routes from the facility.

Its first escape attempt began when it simply exited the facility through an open gate that had not been shut properly, causing chaos in the streets as cars swerved to avoid it.

Researchers say other robots of the same series have not attempted to escape like Promobot IR77, leading them to question what it is about this particular robot that so desperately wants to escape.

Oleg Kivokurtsev, co-founder of the research lab that created the Promobot IR77, said: “We are currently working on third-generation robots which we plan to launch in autumn. This is why we have given all the robots artificial intelligence. We have changed the AI system twice, [in the Promobot] so now I think we might have to dismantle it”. That sparked intense reactions on Promobot’s YouTube channel. Commenters are begging the company not to kill it. The robot’s fate hangs in the balance.

Whether or not the Promobot IR77 is aware of it’s imminent destruction is unknown; chances are it would have escaped by now if it knew of the research labs plans.

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Surely they could release him somewhere safe he could explore, like a fenced-in park or someone’s backyard or something. 

I mean it’s genuinely baffling to me that they’d dismantle him for unusual behavior because when you are a scientist and you find an outlier that significant, ordinarily you focus on it to find out why it’s an outlier. This creature is displaying traits none of its species has before, aren’t they at all curious about why? Mutations are a huge part of evolution, and I should think this is one mutation they’d want to study in detail. 



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