WTF Did I Just Watch?: Strangling A Robotic Dinosaur To See If People Empathize With Robot Pain

May 20, 2013


This is the video shown to participants in a study conducted by the University of Duisburg-Essen to determine if humans feel empathy towards tortured robots. Basically it's some guy hanging and beating a Pleo robotic dinosaur for a minute straight. The test is obviously flawed because I hate robots with all my coal-black heart but I still don't want to see a DINOSAUR getting tortured. A humanoid robot? A humanoid robot I'd pay to take a swing at with a crowbar. Also, not to brag or anything, but I once drop-kicked a friend's Roomba off his balcony. Didn't even hurt my foot. He said he was going to make me buy him a new one but I just severed the friendship to save myself the $$.

Hit the jump for the sickest fetish video you'll see all day.

Thanks to Rhubarb, who only empathizes with living things and doesn't care if a robot claims it has feelings that just means it's lying and you should hit it even harder.

  • DarkStopDying

    Why was I laughing so hard!? What is wrong with me!

  • balashi

    about the stupidest thing I've ever seen - my 2 year old drops her baby doll on its head all the time- I don't feel sympathy, I LMAO !

  • Lisa.V

    OMG take that plastic bag off his head, he can't breathe!!!!

  • parrotbomb

    somewhere in the world, someone is masturbating to this.

  • balashi


  • DeathBotGamma

    This is college ? Holy fuck I could be a Master Professor.

  • Guyllaume Maheu


  • Joel Lamm

    I just got done doing all the exact same things to my penis.

  • MistahTibbs

    You BASTARD!
    I just pissed myself laughing!

  • Spork

    i laughed

  • Nope. No empathy.
    In fact; my buddy and I started cracking up when the plastic bag was over its head.

  • Jade

    This is how my kids play with their toys on a daily basis, I must be desensitized to toy torture.

  • :(

  • God dammit GW. I was 3 months sober from robo snuff films.

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