AI News, Boston Dynamics crosses new threshold with door-opening dog
- On Monday, December 3, 2018
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Boston Dynamics crosses new threshold with door-opening dog
The video depicts a SpotMini, a four-legged yellow machine that stands about a metre high, flummoxed by a closed door before a second robot of the same type, equipped with a fifth limb extending from its back, arrives to save the day.
When the first SpotMini arrives at the door, the robot – which has no neck but an array of sensors placed where its shoulders would be – leans back to peer at the doorhandle in a movement more fitting for a kennel than a robotics firm.
“They took it as it was: a loud robot that’s going to give away their position.” Boston Dynamics is owned by the Asian conglomerate SoftBank, an enormous multinational that has been on an acquisition spree in recent years (it also owns the chip designer Arm Holdings, a majority of the US telco Spring, and has substantial stakes in Uber, Nvidia, Slack and WeWork).
In yet more emails accidentally published to the entire firm, a public relations staffer asked to “distance” Alphabet from the video, noting that “We’re also starting to see some negative threads about it being terrifying, ready to take humans’ jobs … We don’t want to answer most of the Qs it triggers.”
Closed Doors Are No Match for Boston Dynamics' Latest Robotic Dog
Robotics firm Boston Dynamics is showing off its latest creation: A robotic dog that can open doors.
The company’s creations may have been the inspiration behind a recent episode of the dystopian sci-fi series Black Mirror in which robotic dogs set out to kill all living things.
But robots like the kind Boston Dynamics makes can have real-world benefits, like the ability to find people stranded in the rubble after an earthquake.
Robot Dog SpotMini From Boston Dynamics Can Open Doors With Its Jaw
After the collapse of human society, the last remaining humans are relentlessly hunted by AI-enabled robotic dogs set on killing their fleshy creators.
This is one of the dystopian visions from the sci-fi series Black Mirror, which alarmists might argue drew one step closer on Monday following the unveiling of Boston Dynamics’s latest Promethean creation The pioneering robotics firm released a video showing the most recent generation of its SpotMini—a robot dog that is capable of opening doors using its extendable neck and jaws.
Read more: Boston Dynamics unveils latest Atlas robot, capable of doing backflips Cautious of the threat that such advanced robots may pose, hundreds of leading academics in the fields of philosophy, robotics and artificial intelligence signed an open letter in 2017 calling for a ban on weaponized robots that are able to autonomously decide whether people live or die.
The deadly consequence of this is that machines—not people—will determine who lives and dies.” Boston Dynamics CEO and founder Marc Raibert said at the time of the SoftBank acquisition that his company’s mission was to “push the boundaries of what advanced robots can do”—hopefully whatever that involves won’t be within the context of a post-apocalyptic world.
- On Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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