Self-Learning Robot Escapes Testing Ground (And Goes Missing For 45 Minutes)

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It seems like almost everyday now we hear some strange story about a robot, from the Microsoft Twitterbot going full Nazi in 24 hours to Google’s AI digesting romance novels and regurgitating them as postmodern poetry. We are witnessing the overlapping pubescent evolutions of both algorithmic artificial intelligence and social media — and the result is a daily dose of discomfiting news.

It’s not limited to just algorithms, either. Actual robots have increasingly been in the news. Whether it’s a robot horse trekking across remote terrain, DARPA’s drone children being prepared for war, or a worker bot being abused in a factory, the age of automated minions is upon us.

For all of the stories, however, it’s somewhat rare that we hear about one of these robots escaping. But that’s exactly what happened in Perm, a city near the Urals in Russia, where an early self-learning version of the Promobot escaped its testing area and tied up nearby traffic.

According to its co-founder, Oleg Kivokurtsev, “The robot was learning automatic movement algorithms on the testing ground, [and] these functions will feature in the latest version of the Promobot.”



#MeanwhileInRussia: Self-learning robot escapes testing grounds

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While some have questioned whether  the “escape” was actually a PR stunt, the Promobot — which is, quite literally, a promotional robot that hosts and provides information — was missing for 45 minutes before its battery died.

“Our engineer drove onto the testing ground and forgot to close the gates. So the robot escaped and went on his little adventure,” Kivokurtsev added.

So there you go — your strange robot story for the day. At least I didn’t use the word Skynet.

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greenskeeper carl's picture

Just wait until one of these self learning robots decides to take the liberal nanny state to it's "logical" conclusion. Good times ahead.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) greenskeeper carl Jun 16, 2016 2:19 PM

"Danger.  Danger Will Robinson."

NoDebt's picture

Future AI robot story:  The robot felt threatened and retaliated against it's attacker, a 6 year old boy with a stick, killing him.


froze25's picture

This is cool but I want more from Gussiefer2.0

beemasters's picture

He wasn't missing. He was out hiding Hillary's emails after NATO warned of an attack.

zeronetwork's picture

The first thoughts self learning robot was that there is so much bullshit around.

Handful of Dust's picture

I can hardly wait until the obnoxious, bad-attitude counter people in McDoanlds, Kohls, WalMart, etc are replaced by robots. Forget about federal employees; Obama even gave the Veterans Administration execs a freakin bonus depsite their disastrous performance!

Poundsand's picture

Never come to the government positions as robots don't have to pay union dues.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) Poundsand Jun 16, 2016 9:05 PM

the jews are terrified of this development.

they know...

eforce's picture

He was looking for krokodil.

Frito's picture

Someone should tell Hillary that if she wants to hide her emails properly, she should print them out then bury them in big plastic bags in the grounds of a Monastery... they'll remain safely hidden there!

GeezerGeek's picture

Was the proposed robot self-identifying as a LEO?

Captain Chlamydia's picture


No Debt you're my Yoda 

logicalman's picture

A bit off-topic, but just another example of what's going on in the world of tech and how it will be used against the average Joe.

Amicus Curiae's picture

Huuuuge thanks for the heads up +++++:-)

thats some seriously nasty weakness inbuilt for Intel to exploit.or others

lot to say for the older systems being kept running.


GeezerGeek's picture

That was basically the theme of the movie "I, Robot". I imagine that the original author, Issac Asimov, would have been apoplectic given that the "special" robot that thwarted the evil AI's plan was named "Sonny" and said "I believe my Father made me for a purpose." In an earlier scene the Father (the scientist) was talking about a Ghost in the machine. 

knukles's picture

+1,000,000 for the Dr Who reference

Strelnikov's picture

True.  Nothing beats the combination of a Dilak and Shemp.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

If you haven't already, you MUST see the CBS series "Person of Interest".

First there was one AI (the Machine), whose memories got wiped every night. The next day it would start from scratch, to ID people, who either were about to be Perps or Victims in a murder. A small group of people used the Machine to prevent either case.

Then a second AI (Samaritan) was developed by a Private group and worked for the Gov, that had no handicaps and used camera and speech (AV) feeds and cyber data to learn, grow and make life & death decisions.

Invariably the two groups and AIs clash. Season and Series finale is next Tuesday, 10 pm.

Vageling's picture

I will look into it. Sounds interesting and I'm running out of shit to see that is not boring and the same yadda yadda yadda. Nothing like go to bed, put up some movie. 

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

It went looking for hookers and blow!

semperfi's picture

and if it stops moving, subsidize him

Vageling's picture

Now that's the zionist spirit! Accept... How to tax an incomeless device? Keep working on it though! Sure they open to ideas.

Ghost of Porky's picture

The midget inside almost suffocated.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Jun 16, 2016 2:18 PM

In other news ... Google's self-driving cars haven't killed anyone yet

Agent P's picture

...that's not what I read on Bing! 

eftian's picture

While on the loose it hacked a U.S. state department email server and started WW3...

froze25's picture

You mean Hillary's private email server that contained top secret US government documents.

ah-ooog-ah's picture

Number 5 is alive!


replaceme's picture

Johnny 5 is alive!

CJgipper's picture

Dang!  Too slow. That was my first thought as well.

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

Im sure that little robot will have some stories to tell.

War Machine's picture

Begun, the Drone Wars have.

Pumpkin's picture

He was heading towards the strip club.

Vageling's picture

Guess stuff like terminator and the matrix awaits the far future generations. I mean, LOL, wut?! Some piece of machinery escapes? Well their algorithms works fine. Flee from the war mongering self destructing human creatures. I say that little bot passed!

Vageling's picture

Being positive here. Sure they plant some safeties in bots. Their learning curve can be high. But I suspect it will take them a while before they go terminator mode. I don't approve of this shit btw. So you know where I stand. You don't play God. 

cougar_w's picture

Publicity stunt? Prank? Research robots look more like trash cans with wheels than that stupid thing, and are always tethered by power and network cables to a bank of computers for their "logic". 

DaBard51's picture

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (retitled Blade Runner: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in some later printings) is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. First published in 1968... The book served as the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner.


When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

Strelnikov's picture

And the weak battery was just an embryo version of the life limiter for the Replicants.

E.F. Mutton's picture

If it was Tay, it went straight to the Titty Bar

samjam7's picture

Wait until they become intelligent enough and we hear of Robot rapes....

brushhog's picture

People raping the robots? Or robots raping the people?