Was it a robotic homicide or a stunt gone too far?

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Just within a couple days of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and there has already been an “Accident”.

Amid dramatic reveals of exosuits, foldable smartphones, and suitcases that stalk you round the airport, one bad humanoid’s luck took a turn for the worse – it’s the latest victim of a self-driving vehicle.

The version v4 robot has been unveiled at CES by a Russian company named Promobot that specializes in autonomous robot design.

According to a spokesperson for the company, the damage is beyond repair.

“Of course we are vexed. We brought this robot here from Philadelphia to participate in CES,” Oleg Kivokurtsev, Promobot’sĀ Development Director, has said.

“Now it neither cannot [sic.] Take part in the event not [sic.] To be recovered. We will conduct an internal evaluation andĀ discover out the robot went to the roadway.”

We must say the strike looks more like a gentle knock and out of the movie, the robot itself does not appear to be too damaged.

From some of the remarks online, it appears we are not the only ones to have our suspicions.

When it is indeed a publicity stunt, it wouldn’t be the first time that the firm has pulled off such a trick.

In 2016, a Promobot robot made a break for it, darting into nearby traffic in what was a bid to escape its human creators.

Only – handily – it happened to be broadcasting promotional messages through an on board audio system at the exact same time, making many men and women wary of its true motives.

The robo strike and operate most likely was an engineered PR exercise cooked up by the marketing men and women of Promobot,Ā but that hasn’t stopped people cracking a joke or two at the robot’s cost.

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