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Scientists Built A Computer Program To Ruthlessly Torture Robots

Just remember, we brought this on ourselves.

Posted on January 14, 2014, at 6:03 p.m. ET

In 2013, three scientists created a very realistic 3D walking simulator.

The program, titled "Flexible Muscle-Based Locomotion for Bipedal Creatures" was presented at the SIGGRAPH Asia computer graphics conference this year by Thomas Geijtenbeek, Michiel van de Panne, and Frank van der Stappen.

Using 3D muscle actuation, they are able to simulate realistic walking movements for all kinds of creatures.

Across all types of terrain...

...as well as environments. Look! A nice, loping Moon frolic!

It's very interesting and pleasant. But soon you begin to notice that something's not quite right...

And a cruel game begins to emerge...

The happy simulation gives way to a legion of weary robots damned to a lifetime of suffering in a desolate pixelated hellscape.

Condemned to a world of sick, twisted experimentation, they labor about, praying for death.

...as they are pitted against each other for the enjoyment of the cruel human race.

The losers are granted the sweet release of death. The winners, forced to carry on.

...a hollow, bitter prize...

"...kill...me...," they try to whisper. But their cries are lost in the cyber vacuum.

We laugh at their misery, but the damage is done...

In teaching them how to move and feel...

...we also taught them how to hate.

Watch the full (and very impressive!) video below:

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