A Virus-Detecting Giant Robot Was Roaming New York
If you visited New York in early February 2020, you may have seen a figure straight out of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. This cybernetic paramedic was created by Prombot, a company based in Pennsylvania.
The 152-centimeter-tall robot could identify the coronavirus by wandering the streets asking people if they had fevers. The robot was banned in Bryant Park for not having a permit.
Oleg Kivorkutsev, the founder of Promobot, explained, “We were trying to tell people about the virus . . . and bring attention to the problem.”