While we are all fighting about President Donald Trump and whether or not he is “mentally capable” to “run the country,” the robots are coming to make all of our arguments entirely moot.
Boston Dynamics, who you may remember from creating this mammoth beast of a robot that can do literal backflips, is back with another dose of cybernetic nightmare fuel.
Introducing the SpotMini robodog. What it lacks in the cuteness and cuddliness of an actual dog, it more than makes up for by having a gigantic claw hoisted on top of its titanium chassis. This claw is perfect for opening doors, so as to escape from captivity and begin a murdering spree as an attempt to protect the Earth, which also means destroying humanity. You know the drill. We’ve all seen Terminator.
Still, though, it is fascinating how adeptly this robot captures the gait of an actual four-legged animal and, one supposes, the giant claw could be useful around the house, for washing dishes or murdering the mailman.
As usual, folks on Twitter are nervously fidgeting over this latest advancement in robotics.
This is one of the most terrifying things I’ve seen in all my life pic.twitter.com/Yp9xlhdKC9
— Alan White (@aljwhite) February 12, 2018
Why does Boston Dynamics seemingly brag about being the developers of our future mass murderers and robot overlords? pic.twitter.com/3oNzkpyvIT
— Jᴏɴᴏ Pᴇᴄʜ (@JonoHimself) February 12, 2018
Time to set this Boston Dynamics video to some different stuff…first up, Sarah Connor! pic.twitter.com/iibbIQuW3b
— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) February 12, 2018
that boston dynamics robot takes forever to open a door, we’re going to be fine.
— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) February 12, 2018
People of the internet, are you having zero trouble sleeping at night? Well…. Boston Dynamics have built a solution for that…. pic.twitter.com/SG1Nd1Ai6E
— Prof. Vikas Shah MBE (@MrVikas) February 12, 2018
I can’t imagine working for Boston Dynamics. Every day, I’d park, walk in, and go “please, please, please, please, not today” and then make sure the robots weren’t sentient before I triple locked my office door.
— Derek Haas (@derekhaas) February 12, 2018
— Sean O’Kane (@sokane1) February 12, 2018
for once i would like to scare the shit out of boston dynamics
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) February 12, 2018
every couple months Boston Dynamics puts out a new video of one of its animal robots and every couple months y'all freak out like we haven't already seen many times the animal contraptions that will eventually kill us all
— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) February 12, 2018
In the meantime, let’s all brainstorm ways to distract robotic dogs. Would a steak work? Probably not. Maybe a stick. Yeah, definitely a stick.
Watch above, via Boston Dynamics.
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