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Promobot, The Runaway Russian Robot!

A Russian robot named Promobot apparently escaped from the lab in which it was being developed. The robot managed to find its way to a street close by the lab, stopping only when its battery ran out.

According to the founder of the company, Oleg Kivokurtseva, Promobot had been left alone to practice maneuvers, but someone forgot to secure the lab.


(Runaway Russian robot video)

Fans of Michael Crichton remember the underrated 1985 movie Runaway, which starred Tom Selleck, Kirstie Alley and Gene Simmons of the band KISS as the villain.

In the future, robots proliferate in society. But who will catch them when they become runaways!

Besides having a great storyline, the movie also features some really clever and prescient robots:

Agricultural Robot Pest Controller - picking off the pests

Car Dashboard Drone Controller

Floater Camera - fly and spy

Police Sketch Artist Software - pc-based police art

Security Guard Robot (Sentry Robot)

Self-Propelled Road Mine

Smart Bullet - self-guided microshell

Sniffer Robot

Spider Robot

Take a look at this list of Science Fiction in the News articles about Runaway, with at least thirty stories.

Promobot is under development as a robotic assistant which can give directions, answer questions and provide promotional materials.

Via BBC; see also here and here (Russian sources).

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