“A robot broke a child’s finger; this is, of course, bad,” Sergey Lazarev said of the incident to the Russian state news agency TASS, according to CNN.
The child’s finger was broken during a Chess game on July 19 after he ran the robot during his shift, Lazarev said.
“The boy made a move, and after that you have to give the robot time to respond, but the boy rushed, the robot grabbed him.”
Lazarev emphasized that the robot is not the property of the Moscow Chess Federation, saying: “The robot was rented by us, it has been exhibited in many places by specialists for a long time. Apparently the operators missed some flaws.”
Despite the injury, the boy continued to play in the tournament with his finger in a cast.
“The boy played the next day, finished the tournament in a cast, and volunteers helped record the movements,” Lazarev said.
“We will coordinate to understand what happened and try to help. [the family] any way we can. And the robot operators, it seems, will have to think about reinforcing the protection so that such a situation does not happen again.
Video of the incident posted on the Baza Telegram channel it shows the robot arm pinching the boy’s finger for several seconds before several bystanders rush to free the boy’s hand.
The chess-playing robot “is equipped with artificial intelligence and can play three games at once. On July 19, he played three matches with young talents, including 7-year-old Christopher, who is one of the 30 strongest chess players in Moscow under the age of 9,” the Baza Telegram channel said in its post according to Google Translate. .
“The robot did not like such a rush: it grabbed the boy’s index finger and squeezed it hard. Bystanders rushed to help and pulled the young player’s finger out, but the fracture could not be avoided,” the post read.
According to The GuardianThe parents of the injured boy reportedly contacted the prosecutor’s office, who said it “will communicate, resolve and try to help in any way we can.”
The Moscow Chess Open was held in the Russian capital from July 13-21.
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