Boston Dynamics introduces "nightmare-inducing" robot


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/03/boston-dynamics-introduces-n.html


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Might be the video. The linked one seems to have right thumbnail but wrong video.


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Nightmare = induced


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The linked one just has the quadroped and the biped before they get to mr mcwheely.


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I was half expecting the robot to snatch the remote control from the presenter, disable its safety protocols and massacre the audience a-la RoboCop 2.


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I imagine that the guy with the hockey stick in the video will be among the first against the wall…


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Give them another year, and hopefully they do this at the State of the Union address. Then I can movie quote the granny from Mars Attacks!.

@crenquis: When this robot reaches sentience, I hope it doesn’t hold a grudge against everyone it sees with a hockey stick. I’m not a Bruins fan, but it would suck to have your NHL team slaughtered by a robot with PTSD.


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I know the standard reply to these sorts of posts is a tongue-in-cheek “I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords”, but considering who is currently occupying the White House, I’d wish they’d hurry.


#9

“What the fuck, Kevin? We got Gretzky over here.”


#10

All other things being equal, these people love their job.


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These things are fucking scary. I can just see a whole pod of them (or is it a “murder”?) storming an insurgent city, piloted by a team of league of legends champions sitting in Nevada, and the whole thing streaming on twitch. Something like this:

The only shortcoming right now is how to power them… Without serious improvements in battery tech, I doubt they can run for very long. Maybe you have drones that fly in and swap the spent batteries? Ug so scary.

Batteries aren’t a problem some places though; in a warehouse they could be tethered, so say goodbye precious manufacturing jobs. Wait till they put them on a FedEx truck– they plug-in while driving and then hop off the truck to deliver to the door. I think the forecasts about the end of work could be accurate…


#12

PD’s around the US just ordered millions of them.


#13

Work at a warehouse or dock? Not for much longer.

Figure skaters, too.


#14

Who’d even imagine volunteering to be hockey stick guy? Surely they’d’ve seen enough Hollywood product to know it will not end well.


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The only way to delay the inevitable Robot Apocalypse is to dilute their gene pool…
Hebocon: The Best Worst Robot Competition - IEEE Spectrum


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The Boston Dynamics Massacre.


#19

This is how we will “bring our jobs back” to the USA.


#20

Nightmare-inducing for ‘touch labor’.