‘Don’t kill him!’: Designers of Russian runaway robot receive impassioned pleas to keep him active after dash for freedom
- Promobot is designed to interact with humans and answer questions
- But the robot was found trundling in the road after escaping from the lab
- Engineers are considering recycling the robot due to its wanderlust
- But they have received cries from the public not to ‘kill’ the unique robot
Designers of a Russian robot which made a break for it it after researchers left a door open have received pleas not to terminate it.
‘Promobot’ escaped from a testing facility in the city of Perm in central Russia’s Perm Krai region earlier this month, and its designers are considering recycling the robot.
But the digital creators have received impassioned pleas from members of the public, begging them not to destroy the unique robot just because of its wanderlust.
The robot, formally called IR77, has been designed for work in customer relations but has artificial intelligence to manoeuvre around objects in its environment.
It was being put through its paces when it found its way out of the research lab and into an outside yard.
But in a scenario that could have burst out of the screen of 1980s science fiction hit Short Circuit, an engineer accidentally left a perimeter gate open and the wandering robot headed straight out of the premises and into a busy road outside.
Promobot got halfway across the road as cars served to avoid it when its batteries ran out, leaving it stranded in the middle of the carriageway.
The robot was on the road outside the research lab for more than an hour as vehicles tried to manoeuvre their way around it.
Police officers parked a patrol car in front of it, with its blue light flashing, to warm motorists about the unusual obstacle.
It sparked huge interest from passers-by with children nagging their parents into letting them talk to it.
Since the robot’s freedom run its designer have they may have to destroy the it, as the love of freedom may not be suitable for owners looking to put the robots to work.
Speaking to Russian news network Ura, Oleg Kivokurtsev, co-founder of Promobot and designer of IR77, said: ‘We have twice cross-flashed the memory of the robot with serial number IR77, but he continues to persistently tries to escape from landfill.’
The attempts sparked cries from the public not to ‘kill’ the robot, pleading with the company to find an alternative use for it.
One comm enter said: ‘Why kill it? You have just broken my heart. Could you not find an application for such a peculiar miracle?
‘So now, [we will remember] that there was a miracle-robot in the Promobot line and was killed by insensitive developers.’
“Don’t kill him!” another pleaded.
Some Twitter accounts have even used the hashtags #freepromobot and #robotrights on Twitter to show their support for the wandering robot.
Explaining the function of the robots,Mr Kivokurtsev told The Mirror: ‘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).’
He admitted: ‘We have changed the AI system twice, so now I think we might have to dismantle it.’
Following IR77’s escape, contact was made with the research lab and a sheepish engineer arrived to reclaim the robot.
Kivokurtsev said: ‘We were very nervous and feel bad that the robot has created traffic congestion.
‘I should say that drivers were very nice, and did not swear at the machine, simply passing it by.’
Other robots which have been created from the same series are well-behaved, and have not been escaping, say the team.
Promobot, short for Promotional Robot, is a unique robot created by Russian scientists and is designed to work in customer relations.
It is designed to interact with humans realistically, and can answer questions and remember every person it has ever met.
Source: Daily Mail