Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hey Man, Don't Kick That Robot Dog

Boston Dynamics, better known as the people you will curse for being responsible for bringing about the robot apocalypse, have done it again.  They have made another robot dog, and this one can get into houses.  Enjoy your nightmares forever!


The first time I saw the above gif (via Super Punch), I laughed, not at the "animal cruelty", but mostly because I could imagine this guy's business card actually saying "robot dog kicker".

But then you watch it over, and over, and over. And even after the "animal cruelty" angle has worn off because you realize it is a damn robot and not a dog, you start to imagine what happens after the gif cuts off. Like, this spindly robot dog, able to correct its balance in such a fast and natural way, decides "fuck this", and launches itself at the guy, tearing him apart.

Of course, as you can see in the full video below, that's not what happens.

Well, yet...

The "dog" is this time not simply called Small Dog like it's rather plainly named compatriot Big Dog, but is called Spot.  It is designed to operate indoors, outdoors, and over "rough terrain."  Like the thousands of human skulls it will one day have to traverse on it's human slaughtering sorties. 

In all seriousness though, it looks super impressive. For every time we laugh at an expensive robot falling over, there's something like this that reminds us just how sci-fi our contemporary existence really is.

And along with that, how closer we are to robot murdering.

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