With the increasing presence of robots and smart devices all over the world, it was only going to take so much time before we started debating the pros and cons of letting machines control so much of our lives.
These debates often feature the three laws of robotics put forward by Issac Asimov, which state that no robot can harm a human being.
While this is a good sentiment to stick to, the real question becomes, what happens when someone decides to create a robot that doesn’t have to obey these laws?
Bringing the answer to that terrifying question is a roboticist from California by the name of Alexander Reben, who has just unveiled a Machine with the sole purpose of Stabbing People with a needle.
The functioning of the robot is quite simple, all you have to do is put your finger inside a pair of brackets and activate the robot. The robot immediately senses your presence and uses it;s mechanical arm to stab you at incredible speed.
While a pin prick on your finger may not seem like a big deal, it still sparks an ethical debate regarding the potential harm more sophisticated machines could wreak on the human populace.
Starting such a debate was the sole reason for the creation of this robot, according to it’s creator, who wants people to face their fear of machines in a practical sense.
We’re not really sure how this robot will influence ethical discussions and industry laws over robotics, but what we are sure is we can no longer ignore the very real threat of harmful robots.