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This is how you’re going to die

Apparently a Slovenian Robotics Lab is teaching robots to punch humans.  The purpose?  To set limits on pain should a robot ever fucking punch a human!


Borut Povše, working for the University of Ljubljana, is trying to set the robot expectations in order to obey Asimov’s three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Povše says, “even robots designed to Asimov’s laws can collide with people. We are trying to make sure that when they do, the collision is not too powerful,” Povše says. “We are taking the first steps to defining the limits of the speed and acceleration of robots, and the ideal size and shape of the tools they use, so they can safely interact with humans.”

The robot was acquired from Japan’s Epson company.



  1. October 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    😦 I don’t want robots to punch me 😦 I guess I’ll have to walk around with water bottles… they punch me .. I throw water on them

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