Robot Hazing at MIT Fraternity

Posted 13 Apr 2006 at 23:53 UTC by steve Share This

Tom Atwood of Robot Magazine sent us a pointer to an Onion story on the growing problem of robot hazing at MIT. In one of the three reported incidents, "a tread-driven 38-inch-tall rover, is feared drowned after being forced to consume over 40 terabytes of data and then swim across the Charles River with a burning candle stuck in its rear port." And this isn't the first hazing incident at MIT. "On another occasion, a robot was locked in a room and forced to calculate pi to the 1083rd decimal place in what officials called one of the worst cases of binge-thinking they'd ever seen." The article notes that, in protest of the hazing, Kismet has refused display any emotion except disapproval until the perpetrators are found and punished.

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