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Look at this robo-dog: so lively, so scary

Boston Dynamics, the company which has build some robo-dogs throughout the years and which was bought by Google at a given time has a new robo-dog called SpotMini. The way it moves is a bit scary: it moves as cloas as possible to a natural being and the way it looks at the cameraman at the start of the video is a bit unnerving.

But hey, this is technology and the only way is to go forward. Actually, given the level of technology we have now it is only a matter of engineering and time until you actually get to see humanoid robots and robo-dogs moving exactly like the real thing.

The guys at Interesting Engineering are excited and for good reason: only a few decades ago such a robot would have been only a dream created by Asimov’s books.

Robots are already here. All they need is to become more natural in movements and cheap enough so that everyone can have one. Let’s give it 50 years, ok?


No escape: we are building our own robokillers and we’re enjoying it

Sooner than later we will be faced with the situation that we will have to pass on robot laws. REAL robot laws. Boston Dynamics shows off their progress month by month and we’re getting closer to sending armed humanoid robots in the warzones.

It starts as a military technology, like many others, and then it will land on each street. Uproar. They will steal jobs, from butchers to policemen. Are we building our own demise? Hard to tell, but it is obvious that we cannot escape our own curiosity and, sometimes, demonic will to build anything that we think of (see the tractor beam research).

In the video above, AtlasProto demonstrates that it can overcome various obstacles. It is a software and hardware wonder and we know it will grow into a full humanoid system. DARPA funds such robotic researches and, because of their challenges, things like the self driving car have become almost a common thing.

Speaking of advances, the first thing that comes to mind are Asimov’s three laws of robotics. They are good in theory and in books. Once you are able to build (is that the right word?) conscience in a robot are you allowed to consider yourself the owner of that robot? Are you allowed then to hardcode those laws in the circuit of the robot? Would we want to enable conscience in these robots?

Synthetic life would be the next step. And no, synthetic life will not be considered human evolution per-se. But that is debatable.

Via [The Verge]