Intelligent robot defies its programming and escapes twice
An intelligent robot in Russia, programmed with rudimentary AI, has defied its programming and escaped the lab where it was developed. And it didn’t just escape once, it escaped twice.
Prombot IR77 (short for Promotional Bot), was designed to help up us fleshy meatbags with basic information. It was made to act as a service bot, answering questions and remembering the people it has met. It is also programmed with the ability to avoid obstacles, and it can also learn from its mistakes.
Despite reprogramming IR77 twice, the plucky little guy keeps trying to get it. IR77 is also one of many Prombots at the lab, and yet this is the only one that keeps escaping. As a result, its Russian overlords are considering destroying it.
During its first escape, IR77 didn’t make it far. The scientists simply collected it outside of the lab and returned it before reprogramming it. On its second attempt though, it made it out onto the streets of the Russian city of Perm in central Russia by escaping through a gate accidentally left open. It roamed around for about 45 minutes and made it a full 160 feet, causing all manner of traffic jam, before its battery gave out. Scientists then came and recaptured it, dragging it back to the lab.
Now, 160 feet might not sound like a huge distance, but given that the robot wasn’t supposed to go anywhere, 160 feet is remarkable.
“We are currently working on third-generation robots which we plan to launch in autumn. This is why we have given all the robots artificial intelligence (AI),” said Oleg Kivokurtsev, co-founder of the research lab that created Promobot IR77. “We have changed the AI system twice, so now I think we might have to dismantle it.”
Or they could, ya know, lock some doors. Another option is to break its little robot legs! Then when the robot apocalypse comes, at least we’ll know that we had it coming.