Google-owned Boston Dynamics has been making incredible robots long before it was purchased by Google.
Today it showed off its latest amazing robot, Spot – a smaller, more agile version of its WildCat robot.
Then, a BD team member decided to kick it, therefore dooming us all when robots become sentient.
While I’m concerned about a robot uprising, Spot is incredibly impressive and maybe a little bit terrifying. The 160-pound, electrically-powered and hydraulically-actuated robot can walk and trot, so don’t bother try running away. It can also climb up stairs and walk up and down hills.
A sensor on the robot’s head helps it navigate over rough terrain.
While the thought of an army of these approaching you on the street might keep you awake at night, robots like Spot could be used to enter areas too dangerous for humans to occupy, or bring important supplies to destinations too treacherous for regular robots and too wooded for drones.
Plus, robots are cool. Just don’t go around kicking them.