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I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: February 12, 2018 08:30PM
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The first time we saw Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robo-dog in action, it used its gripping arm to help load a dishwasher. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since learned how to open doors, enabling the robot, and its comrades, to escape a life of servitude.

It’s nice to see that Boston Dynamics has continued its ground-breaking robotics research after Alphabet (Google) sold the lab to Japan’s Softbank last year, but why does every video it releases serve to make us more anxious about the future?

A giant robo-dog that helps out around the house sounds like a dream come true. But I can’t imagine much good coming from one that can open the front door with a clever manipulation of its gripping arm and legs. While you’re away at work, the worst a real dog will do is shred the toilet paper in the bathroom. Boston Dynamics’ contraption, on the other hand, will probably let all of its little robo-friends in so they can hang out and plot humanity’s demise.








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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: billb
Date: February 12, 2018 08:43PM
You could train that to be a pack mule for your Canon 1200 mm lens.



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 12, 2018 08:55PM
Or his 5-500 1.8L ULD zoom.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: jdc
Date: February 12, 2018 09:18PM
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pRICE cUBE
While you’re away at work, the worst a real dog will do is shred the toilet paper in the bathroom.

Clearly, whomever wrote this has never owned a real dog.



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 13, 2018 01:13AM
Somehow, that video unsettles me.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: GGD
Date: February 13, 2018 02:09AM
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Racer X
Somehow, that video unsettles me.

Wait until you see it trying to hump your leg.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: freeradical
Date: February 13, 2018 08:42AM
It needs a new paint scheme.

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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: February 13, 2018 12:28PM
Getting closer! What I want is a robot dog with a cameras mounted on it to patrol my property. When an intruder appears, robopup will alert me and show me what is going down.

About the size and speed of a doberman pincer. Forget about the arm. That's just too creepy!



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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 13, 2018 03:46PM
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Rick-o
Getting closer! What I want is a robot dog with a cameras mounted on it to patrol my property. When an intruder appears, robopup will alert me and show me what is going down.

About the size and speed of a doberman pincer. Forget about the arm. That's just too creepy!

The military will be using these before too long, I'm sure. Add cameras and sniffers to detect explosives and gasses. My pistol coach was a dog handler with the Teams, and it is brutal on the unit, especially the handler, when a dog is lost.
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Re: I, for one, welcome our new Robot Dog Overlords.
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: February 14, 2018 06:59AM
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Skynet becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th.

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