Actual Dogs Don't Like Robotic Dogs Either

Actual Dogs Don't Like Robotic Dogs Either

Video: Boston Dynamics' line of robotic dogs creep the hell out of me and other sensible humans on this doomed planet. But at least my gut call is partially justified by this probably world-first meeting of man's best friend and man's future downfall.

The video, shot by venture capitalist Steve Jurvestson, shows Boston Dynamics' Spot robot playing with actual flesh-and-bones canine Alex, apparently the dog of Android founder Andy Rubin.

The confrontation is definitely eerie. The two circle, with Alex yapping at Spot, and Spot doing its best intimidating crouch. Sure, the robot was being controlled by a human, which makes the exchange a little less random. But in any case, it's good to know that dogs have our back when the robots rise up.

[IEEE Spectrum]

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    Given how good a weapon platform these things are likely to be, I'm not sure Alex's opinion counts for much.

    Strap on a couple of chain fed rotary cannons and a turreted shotgun or three and it would take far more than one yappy dog to affect the outcome.

    Then imagine 10000 of them, all armed to the teeth, and all coordinated by the one rogue AI.

    Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

    Judgement Day!

    Now get Big Dog to round up sheep.

    near the end, is the guy holding an Xbox controller?

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