Artificial Intelligence: Robot Playing Chess In A Russian Tournament Fractures Child’s Finger

July 25, 2022 | Artificial Intelligence, News
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The robot was playing against a child in Moscow.

A chess-playing robot fractured a 9-year-old boy’s finger during a tournament in Moscow last week, when the kid attempted a quick move without giving the machine enough time to finish its work during the tournament. The incident occurred on July 19th. (MINT)

The youngster was not critically injured, but one of his fingers was broken, said Sergey Smagin, vice president of the Russian Chess Federation, who spoke to RIA Novosti, a government-run news organization.

Because of his skill, Christopher is one of the top 30 young chess players in Moscow. “The robot broke the child’s finger — this, of course, is bad,” President of the Moscow Chess Federation Sergey Lazarev told TASS Thursday.

The player’s finger was injured, and onlookers sprung in to help, but the fracture was unavoidable.

“The boy is all right. They put a plaster cast on the finger to heal faster. Yes, there are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them and, when he made a move, did not notice that he had to wait. This is an extremely rare case, the first I can recall,” Smagin said.

Chess playing robot gets mad at child

A video showing the moment the child was held by the robot’s hand has gone viral. It shows how the child was briefly held in the robot’s grasp until a woman rushed to save him. After the woman, three more men step in and rescue the child.

“All acquisition that advanced AI will destroy humanity is false. Not the powerful AI or breaching laws of robotics will destroy humanity, but engineers with both left hands,” Smagin said while defending AI.

According to Lazarev, the young chess player returned to the tournament the next day with a cast around his finger.

Lazarev said the chess robot — which has been used in many tournaments — was rented by the organization for the Moscow Chess Open and can play multiple matches at once.

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