A robot has been arrested in Russia for taking part in a political rally in the Kremlin.
The robot was arrested in order to prevent it from interacting with the people present at the rally. The politically conscious robot is called Promobot, manufactured by a Russian company of the same name.
Promobot was arrested at a rally for Valery Kalachev, a parliamentary candidate in Moscow. The white robot is quite notorious in Russia. Twice the robot had tried to escape from its manufacturer.
According to Nathaniel Mott at Inverse, the robot was “recording voters’ opinions on [a] variety of topics for further processing and analysis by the candidate’s team.”
Despite the Promobot’s seemingly peaceful presence at the rally, Russian police sought to arrest the robot.
“People like robots, they are easy to get along with,” the candidate told media. “There are a few Promobots working for us which are collecting people’s demands and wishes at the moment.”
The manufacturers of Promobot are suggesting that the robot was arrested as a result of human error, considering the robot was hardly disturbing the peace.
Promobot describes itself as a “first on the market, completely self-contained “live” with a robot character. It is designed to work in areas of high concentrations of people in which the robot helps people with navigation, answers any questions, translates promotional materials and remembers everyone with whom it had to communicate.”
Earlier this year, a Promobot model escaped from its manufacturers in the Perm facility in Russia, not once but twice in the same month. The company tried to reprogram the memory of the robot as they considered a “running away” feature to be out of the question for their customers.
All these has served to raise concern about mankind’s inevitable future where robots will no doubt play a big role.