Remember Boston Dynamics and their terrifying robot dog that could open doors? It wasn’t enough that this creation literally inspired the very violent Black Mirror “Metalhead” episode: the company is still flirting with the robot apocalypse, as its its newest developments demonstrate.
In one 34-second clip posted to the company's YouTube page yesterday, Boston Dynamics unveiled new updates to their humanoid robot named Atlas. It can now jog and jump over obstacles, besides being able to lift objects as heavy as 10 lbs and open doors.
Another new robot, the SpotMini, which looks like a dog, has an updated version, too. Now, it can walk by itself using autonomous navigation, walking up and down stairs.
The company, which is owed by Japan’s SoftBak group, clearly thinks this an innovative technological feat. As explained on the company’s website, “Atlas’ control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace.” Additionally, the robot is able to “manipulate objects in its environment… travel on rough terrain… [and keep] its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over.”
Okay, I’ll concede that is indeed a technological advancement. With that said, the question remains: why is no one at Boston Dynamics as worried as the rest of the internet? These two new robots are unsettling. We already have artificial intelligence sending e-mails and making phone calls for us and robot citizens—and now autonomous robots who can avoid obstacles? I mean, has no one watched The Terminator?
Why do we keep letting boston dynamics do stuff https://t.co/hBuhLsa9bQ— Joshua Rivera (@jmrivera02) May 11, 2018