Scientists Still Working on Slovenian Punchbot’s “Bitchslap Mode”


Image: B.Povse, D. Koritnik, T Bajd, M Munih, via New Scientist.


On the sunny shores of the Adriatic Sea, they build my kinda robots. They also clearly know what academia’s all about.

Borut Povše at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia “persuaded six male colleagues to let a powerful industrial robot repeatedly strike them on the arm,” according to New Scientist.

No, this isn’t an attempt to streamline the dissertation review process in PhD programs. The study is being done “to assess human-robot pain thresholds.” But seriously now, folks, wouldn’t you have loved to be a fly on the wall for that conversation in the faculty lounge?

New Scientist quotes Povše:



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