Robot Beats Up Volunteers
Researchers actually trying to create robots incapable of harming humans
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2010 8:25 AM CDT
The team plans to use a robotic arm to test more severe impacts.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Six Slovenian volunteers have been getting beaten up by a robot in the name of science. The men have been punched repeatedly in the arm at different strengths by said robot and rating the resulting sensation on a scale that ranges from "painless" to "unbearable." The robotic lab's chief researcher says the experiment is actually designed to help future robots adhere to Isaac Asimov's first law of robotics, which states that "a robot may not injure a human being."

Experts say this kind of research is essential if humans and robots are to work together safely, with no risk of injury from collisions. "We are taking the first steps to defining the limits of the speed and acceleration of robots, and the ideal size and shape of the tools they use, so they can safely interact with humans," the Slovenian researcher tells Scientific American.

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JimW
Oct 14, 2010 10:12 AM CDT
Reminds me of an old Twilight Zone episode, I think it was Battling Maxo or something.They were just supposed to by law use android boxers, and one managers robot broke down, so he snuck in and took the robots place in the ring. Got his ass kicked.....
UCCO2004
Oct 14, 2010 9:39 AM CDT
@Slurge: LOL "Skynet"... How 'bout that other guy ED-209 from Robocop?
UCCO2004
Oct 14, 2010 9:37 AM CDT
@Slurge Your use of "Skynet" LOL. How 'bout that other guy ED-209 from Robocop?