Notorious Russian Robot That ‘Remembers Everyone It Meets’ Shakes Hands With Vladimir Putin

Promobot is used as a guide, model and promotional salesman across Russia and keeps a database of prominent public figures.

However, an intelligent android has hit the headlines in the last year for his escape attempts.

The infamous robot that escaped from his lab twice has shaken hands with Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president was touring an IT exhibition in Perm, which is becoming known as the country’s Silicon Valley, when he met Promobot.

The big-eyed, Russian-made machine is said to have immediately recognised Putin and enthusiastically introduced himself with a handshake.

 

The Russian president was touring an IT exhibition in Perm when he met Promobot (Image: TASS)
The big-eyed, Russian-made machine is said to have immediately recognised Putin and enthusiastically introduced himself
The big-eyed, Russian-made machine is said to have immediately recognised Putin and enthusiastically introduced himself (Image: TASS)

Last year the rogue robot was arrested at a political rally when he was supporting Russian Parliament candidate Valery Kalachev in Moscow.

Authorities attempted to handcuff Promobot and take him away.

It is believed that the arrest occurred after a member of public called police as Promobots were recording the opinions of voters on a variety of topics “for further processing and analysis by the candidate’s team.”

A company spokesman told Inverse magazine: “Police asked to remove the robot away from the crowded area, and even tried to handcuff him.

Promobot is 'arrested' at Russian political rally
Promobot was ‘arrested’ at a Russian political rallylast year (Image: Promobot)

“According to eyewitnesses, the robot did not put up any resistance.”

The robot has hit the headlines in the past, when it escaped from its lab and walked out into oncoming traffic – twice.

It caused chaos on the streets after getting halfway across the road before its batteries ran out, leaving it stranded in the middle of the carriageway.

Promobot is 'arrested' at Russian political rally
The robot has escaped twice from its lab in the past (Image: Promobot)

The robot was on the road outside the research lab for more than an hour as vehicles tried to manoeuvre their way around it.

Promobot – short for Promotional Robot – is a unique robot created by Russian scientists and is designed to work in customer relations.

It is designed to interact with humans realistically, and can answer questions and remember every person it has ever met.

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