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Hero robot 'saves girl from being crushed'

July 6, 2017 | Comment icon 11 comments

Did the robot really act on its own ? Image Credit: Promobot / YouTube
The makers of Promobot maintain that their creation acted autonomously to prevent a nasty accident.
The incident, which was captured on camera and uploaded on to the Promobot YouTube channel, shows a small girl attempting to climb up a shelving unit which begins to topple over.

The quick-thinking robot however can be seen moving forward to hold up the unit, saving the girl from disaster. But is everything really as it seems ?

While the robot's designers have claimed that the robot accidentally entered 'mirror mode' and saved the girl by mimicking human actions, the whole thing seems rather too set up.
There's also the question of why the robot was just sitting there right next to the offending shelves and why it decided to suddenly mimick that particular human action at exactly the right moment.

It also appears as though all the cardboard boxes being stored on the shelves are completely empty.

The footage, which has been watched over 100,000 times, can be viewed below.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (11)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by EBE Hybrid 5 years ago
You'll know that the machine has become self aware when it says "Move any closer to the off switch and I'll post the most interesting parts of your entire internet history to your Mum"!
Comment icon #3 Posted by baobei 5 years ago
Plus the girl is standing by the post, looking at the cameraman, waiting for her prompt.
Comment icon #4 Posted by South Alabam 5 years ago
Why are there empty cardboard boxes there? The robot isn't even lined up with the shelf, had that been his purpose. Seems set up to me.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
Add to the other evidence that the girl didn't run away looking for Mommy or Daddy either.† Sort of went nonchalantly away.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Future ghost 5 years ago
If this wasn't so obviously faked it would be a prime example of what makes robots so creepy. If it really did save the girl it would only be because it wanted her to grow up and be†its†servant. Like the article stated, " The future is for robots." Not exactly a pleasant thought.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RoofGardener 5 years ago
Is it sinful to ignore the evidence that this story is faked ?†And to use it to exemplify a "meme" that I personally love ?† If so.. then ... Saruman... summon The Guild Of Moderators to cart me away and put me in a rubber room with plastic spoons.† Rules two and three: heck.. google them.† † †
Comment icon #8 Posted by TripGun 5 years ago
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. - Rupert Murdoch -Death of a Salesman.
Comment icon #9 Posted by King Giovanni 5 years ago
Even the very thought is terrifying!
Comment icon #10 Posted by King Giovanni 5 years ago
That's an interesting viewpoint. Well-said!
Comment icon #11 Posted by taniwha 5 years ago

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