WTF?! What may be the first warning about the rise of the machines is that a chess-playing robot grabbed and broke a seven-year-old’s finger during a tournament in Russia. This was not a case when the AI ​​gained intelligence and threw a tantrum, but an accident – at least, so the creators of the robot claim.

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The incident occurred on July 19 during the Moscow Chess Open tournament, which took place in the capital from July 13 to 21. pieces taken by the robot. According to Sergey Smagin, Vice President of the Russian Chess Federation, the boy reacted before the robot had completed its move.

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As seen in the video below, the robot, which had already played three games that day, moved forward and grabbed Christopher’s finger. He squeezes his finger for a few seconds before the woman rushes to his aid. Three men also tried to help, and the boy was eventually released before being taken away, presumably by a spokesman for the event.

Smagin seemed to place much of the blame on the victim. “There are certain safety rules, and the child apparently violated them. When he made his move, he did not understand that he had to wait first,” he said. “This is an extremely rare case, the first one I can remember.”

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Sergei Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, said: “The robot broke a child’s finger. This, of course, is bad,” showing a tendency to understatement. Lazarev noted that the robot had been playing chess for about 16 years and had participated in many previous exhibitions without breaking bones or inflicting other violent actions on opponents.

“The robot was rented by us, exhibited in many places, for a long time, with specialists. Apparently, the operators overlooked it. The child made a move, and after that you need to give time for the robot to answer, but the boy was in a hurry, the robot grabbed him. We have nothing to do with the robot,” Lazarev added.

Christopher, who is considered one of Moscow’s top 30 chess players in the under-nines category, had his broken and scratched finger put in a cast. He showed remarkable stamina for a man under attack by a robot, playing the next day and ending the tournament. He was also able to attend the award ceremony and sign documents.

Christopher’s parents reportedly approached the prosecutor’s office, but the Moscow Chess Federation said it was in talks with the couple and trying to help sort out the situation (i.e. convince them not to press charges). “It [the robot] performed at many openings. Apparently, children need to be warned. It happens,” added Smagin.

It was not the best weekend for artificial intelligence. It was reported yesterday that Blake LeMoine, a Google engineer who claimed his LaMDA (language model for conversational applications) chatbot is intelligent, was fired from the company. He has been on paid leave since he released the transcripts of his conversations with LaMDA, which Google says is a violation of its privacy policy.