Chess-playing robot breaks finger of 7-year-old opponent

I’ve given a lot of thought to how robots might eventually make our lives miserable, but here’s one of which I had not thought:

Played by humans, chess is a game of strategic thinking, calm concentration and patient intellectual endeavour. Violence does not usually come into it. The same, it seems, cannot always be said of machines.

Last week, according to Russian media outlets, a chess-playing robot, apparently unsettled by the quick responses of a seven-year-old boy, unceremoniously grabbed and broke his finger during a match at the Moscow Open.

“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the TASS news agency after the incident, adding that the machine had played many previous exhibitions without upset. “This is of course bad.”

LOL. Yes, it certainly seems bad.

You can read the rest of the Guardian article (by Jon Henley) at this link.

Video below.

Robot advancements both scary and cool

There’s a short video making the rounds on social media that shows the year-by-year advancements of robots, starting with 2016. It’s a cool video, but it stops in 2020. It’s now 2022. That’s a lot of time in the world of robotics, so I tracked something down that is more recent.

I know some people are saying that robot sentience is a long way off and therefore we should welcome any robotic advancements.

As I watch videos such as this one, however, my wanders from wonder to what kind of damage robots can do long before they even approach sentience. Damage far beyond just replacing human workers.

Anyway, enjoy.