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

GMF Taxonomy Classifications

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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

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