Sunday, February 15, 2015

Google Dog Robot

"Google's dog robot looks too real for comfort when getting kicked":
The 160-pound, four-legged Spot is remarkably agile. It navigates an office on its own, then heads outside to climb a steep hill and a flight of stairs. Spot safely makes its way over rough terrain, which it navigates with the help of its head-mounted sensor. At one point the developers pair Spot with the original Big Dog, which Spot basically humiliates...

The most disturbing parts of the video, however, come when office workers try to kick Spot over, first inside the office and then in the parking lot. The second kick (at 0:28 in the video) is so forceful that Spot has to scramble to stay upright, but it does.

It’s at this point that you should get really freaked out, because this robot struggling to stay upright looks very much like a living thing trying to do the same.