Bull ants swarm a clockwork toy robot


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/12/bull-ants-swarm-a-clockwork-to.html


#2

I OTOH see a sad little robot, compelled to go on a suicide mission against an implacable foe. Still trying to move and do what he is told even after he is brought to the ground.


#3

#4

Suggest campaign stop for Drumpf.


#5

Look at those spicy boys go!


#6

So they’ll attack any moving thing that comes into their territory?

This reminds me of the time a friend of mine went to mow his lawn while the cicadas were swarming. They found the sound of the lawnmower surprisingly attractive. After a few minutes he just had to walk away and leave the mower running until it ran out of gas.


#7

Too much romance, not enough human killing.

Incidentally, I have that same toy robot.


#8

20160912 – SkyNet field evaluation #27018 – result: SUCCESS


#9


#10

Good thing Noah remembered to put two of these on the ark, and good thing they were able to walk all the way to Australia.


#11

I am reminded of Them!


#12

What’s that music? It’s not Morton Subotnick’s The Wild Bull


also:

Leiningen Versus the Ants (text)


#13

Bugs, Mr Rico!! Zillions of ‘em! I’m a-burnin’ 'em down!


#14

Oh, the robotity!


#15

I bet the Every-Ready Bunny could really kick some ant ass and not just lay there twitching.


#16

Boston Dynamics seems to be going in an unexpectedly retro direction with this current line of R&D…


#17

That’s right. Just leave me here fallen over, with all these Terran life-forms swarming pointlessly over me. It was bad enough that I had this pain in all the diodes down my left side. I’m so depressed.


#18

Alternatively “Valiant ants defend their home against huge invading mechanical monstrosity”


#19

Exhibit C at our trial before our future robot overlords?


#20

I wouldn’t even get close enough to record that.