A chess-playing robot broke its seven-year-old opponent’s finger

into something black mirror meets Queen’s Gambita chess robot accidentally broke the finger of its seven-year-old opponent during an exhibition in Moscow, The guard reported. The child apparently moved his piece too soon and the robot grabbed his finger and squeezed it, causing a fracture before help could arrive. “The robot broke the child’s finger,” said Moscow Chess Federation President Sergey Lazarev. “Of course that’s bad.”

The video shows the robot grabbing the boy’s finger and holding it for a few seconds. A group of people come to free him. It’s not clear what went wrong, but Lazarev said the kid “made a move, and after that we have to give the robot time to answer, but the boy hurried and the robot grabbed him.” He hinted, that the robot’s suppliers might need to work on the safety aspects, saying they need to “rethink”.

The boy was identified as Christopher and continued playing the next day to end the tournament. However, his parents are said to have contacted the public prosecutor’s office. Russian chess official Sergei Smagin downplayed the incident, calling it “a coincidence” and saying the machine was “perfectly safe”.

In any case, the incident can be seen as a modern-day parable of the dangers of robots, even in something as innocuous as chess. However, on a larger scale with things like robotic cars, the stakes are significantly higher.

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