There are few names in the robotics industry that everyone knows, and Boston Dynamics is one of them. While the company got a robotic ‘leg-up’ in the industry through its development and sale of battlefield bots, the company now is investing in ‘civilian’ use robots like this one.
The SpotMini is many things – a functioning robot that is absolutely amazing in that it can do many things humans can do, and do ‘it’ better than most people had imagined. Which, is kinda scary and awesome at the same time. Just watching this dog-like robot move around is a bit… eery, as it move like a living thing, but it’s not?
The subtle psychological effects that robots of the future will have on people maybe a concern, as they appear to move and act like living animals, with human models in the works. Watching the video of this household helper one can’t dismiss movies like ‘Bicentennial Man’, ‘Terminator’, and ‘I, Robot’, and wonder what the future will be like for humanity with robots around; good or bad?