Incident 241: Chess-Playing Robot Broke Child's Finger in Russia

Description: A chess robot at a tournament in Russia broke the finger of a child who reached onto the board before the robot had completed its move


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by Russian Chess Federation, which harmed child named Christopher.

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Sean McGregor

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Known AI Goal

Robotic Manipulation

Potential AI Technology

Convolutional Neural Network, Visual Object Detection

Known AI Technical Failure

Lack of Capability Control

Potential AI Technical Failure

Generalization Failure, Underspecification


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.