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Old 07-31-2022, 01:38 PM   #2681
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A chess-playing robot broke the finger of his opponent. A seven year old boy.

https://www.chess.com/news/view/7-ye...-playing-robot

And so, it begins ...

(I always wanted to write this).

So, for adventure - rise of the machines? The robot was hacked by another player? Or an over-aspiring "chess mom"? Or the chess mafia because the boy did not lost as demanded?
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Old 08-01-2022, 06:37 AM   #2682
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A chess-playing robot broke the finger of his opponent. A seven year old boy.

https://www.chess.com/news/view/7-ye...-playing-robot

And so, it begins ...

(I always wanted to write this).

So, for adventure - rise of the machines? The robot was hacked by another player? Or an over-aspiring "chess mom"? Or the chess mafia because the boy did not lost as demanded?
It's hard to make out because the video quality is absolutely atrocious, but it looks like the robot is taking one of the boy's pieces (bishop, maybe) with its own bishop. To do this, it first picks up the piece it's taking, then grabs its own piece and moves it over, setting it down in place of the piece it took. Rather than wait for his opponent to finish its move, the boy grabs one of his own pieces (I presume a rook, given its initial starting position and the way he moves it) and puts it where his bishop used to be, while the robot is grabbing its own piece to move over there. They basically place their pieces in the same place at the same time, the robot ends up grabbing his finger... and then stops.

It seems unlikely that a robot meant for moving chess pieces would have sufficient grip strength to break a finger simply by squeezing it. My guess is that the boy got his finger stuck and the robot froze up because it detected an error, and the boy broke his own finger trying to get it free. But the robot being overengineered with enough grip strength to indeed squeeze his finger into breaking, or it trying to pull back into a reset position and breaking the kid's finger in the process are also possible. Of course, the more humorous explanation is that the robot got angry at the kind for jumping the gun and broke his finger in retaliation.

One thing's for certain - that kid will wait for his own turn the next time he plays chess!
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Old 08-02-2022, 11:22 PM   #2683
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Old 08-03-2022, 10:57 PM   #2684
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Here's something that might spark a few gamer imaginations:

Who or What is cutting little holes in the sea floor in straight lines?

Sort of self-explanatory, but the pictures do look weird, and these things are in deep water...
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Old 08-04-2022, 07:27 AM   #2685
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Here's something that might spark a few gamer imaginations:

Who or What is cutting little holes in the sea floor in straight lines?

Sort of self-explanatory, but the pictures do look weird, and these things are in deep water...
reminds me of Paleodictyon nodosum. Which makes little hexagon patterns under its perfect holes. Which they are also confused about.
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