Hit Me, Baby, One More Time – for Science

A researcher in a robotics lab in Slovenia has reportedly been using humans as punching bags to find out the limits on how hard and fast a robot can move if it collides with people. Borut Povse persuaded six male colleagues to let a modified production-line robot hit their arms up to 18 times with different amounts of force using either a sharp or blunt tool, New Scientist magazine reported. The subjects could rate their pain on a scale ranging from mild to unbearable. Povse reportedly presented a paper on his experiment at an IEEE conference being held in Istanbul this week.

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