Boston Dynamics has seen the future. And that future is full of uncannily realistic animal robots. (Obviously)
It'll only take a quick peep at this video to convince you that this is where your tax dollars should be going. Fair warning, however, this may also make you question your future relevance on this planet and the possibility that this is where the world ends. So, what are you waiting for? Feast your eyes on Boston Dynamics' latest dog-like creation: Spot.
I'm not exaggerating when I say these things have better balance than I do. And you know the old prophecy: first comes balance, then comes sentience, then comes the complete devastation of our fellow countrymen at the paws of these mechanical dogs.
Conspiracy theories aside, this is actually some pretty revolutionary technology. Spot is designed to be an indoor AND outdoor "pet," and he can easily reorient his stance to accommodate for changes in elevation, incline, and surface type.
According to The Verge, they're hoping that his ability to handle all different terrain will make him a handy addition to "help with search and rescue, mapping, or accessing disaster zones." So, if you find yourself trapped in a volcano or a ravine in a few years, don't be surprised if Spot turns out to be your knight in shining armor.
Unsurprisingly, Google had a hand in this. The massive corporation acquired Boston Dynamics in December, and it looks like the added support has led to some robo-bullying.
Okay, so I'm not someone that gets attached to inanimate objects, but this guy looks pretty damn animated! I can't help but feel bad for the poor thing while simultaneously feeling concern that the memory of this robo-animal oppression is going to lead to Spot's global takeover in a few years.
It's only a matter of time before we're all cyborgs anyway, right? So, maybe we should treat our future pets with a little more respect, lest they organize and teach us a lesson later. I'm just saying, I would understand the cause for an uprising if we keep up this kind of treatment.
On the other hand, maybe our near-instinctive ability to empathize with this machine before it can even develop emotions of its own will be the real mistake that will spell humanity's downfall.
But, just look at him! He looks like a deer on ice, but Spot can actually stay up. It's hard not to root for the thing, and I'm telling you right now, that's going to be our first mistake.
Let's not forget that Boston Dynamics has a whole brood of these machines in varying sizes and strengths just waiting in the wings. Once Google decides that they have enough data from us plebeians, maybe they'll just opt to take over the world with their robotic animal friends. It's almost like a neo-fairy tale, but with the true love's kiss exchanged for the apocalypse.
What do you think of the newest robodog? Can you see Spot running things in the future?