Self-Destructing Robot Carnage at the Antimov Competition
Sponsored by SparkFun Electronics, the Antimov contest aims to disprove the third law of Isaac Asimov's 'Three Laws of Robotics.' The law dictates that "a robot must protect its own existence," but the Antimov participants clearly demonstrated that robots possess impressive self-flagellation and self-immolation capabilities. Several of the self-destructive 'bots were captured on camera, and the footage includes the fiery demise of a robo-waiter and the Goldberg-esque annihilation of an unfortunate LEGO-bot. Robotophile Dennis Brunner and his admirable brood (13-year-old Brian and 11-year-old Rebecca) reportedly won both the live contest and the video entry competition, both of which you can watch after the break.
The event is scheduled to return next year, so hopefully more contestants will follow the innovative lead of the Brunner clan. It's definitely enjoyable to watch Earth's future overlords destroy themselves -- particularly since the bots are already ignoring those first two pesky Asimov laws.