Robot Taught to Punch People, For 'Science'
Povše borrowed a small-scale manufacturing robot, fitted it with two different tools (one blunt and one pointed), and programmed it to move to a point in space with increasing amounts of force. Between the beginning and end points in the robot's programming, a volunteer's arm is placed to absorb the impact. The subjects are then asked to judge the level of pain they felt from 18 different degrees of force. The ultimate goal is to design and program safer robots that are incapable or highly unlikely to harm a human bystander or operator. The experiment sounds a tad unpleasant, but on the scale of robot insanity it can't hold a candle to Stabby, the knife-wielding German robot.