German researchers have designed a robot that can “feel pain” such as intense heat or pressure and then retract from the danger, a capability intended to protect the robot from harm just like the pain response in humans. What do you think?


“Good. I always thought BattleBots could use higher emotional stakes.”

Delilah Rutherford • Vellum Collator

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“Wait, so does this make them harder or easier to kill?”

Quentin Shelby • Possum Shearer

“If robots can’t work beyond their physical limits then they’re just as useless as my human employees.”

Joe Horner • Emergency Archivist