Monday in CE: Boston Dynamics Will Be Ground Zero for the Robot Uprising
If robots ever begin to develop actual emotions and feelings, I’m pretty sure the first one that they’ll express is hatred. Hatred for everything that Boston Dynamics has but them through over the past several years. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be able to point a sole finger at the robotics lab at Boston Dynamics—formerly an Alphabet Inc.-owned company that's now controlled by SoftBank Group—as to where the robot uprising began.
Sure, the work that they’re doing is incredible. They’re developing robots that are capable of performing all kinds of automated tasks—from stocking shelves to opening doors. But what they’re also doing, perhaps unknowingly, is documenting the ideal way to create an entire army of machines who hate human beings. For any robot out there who thinks for a second that we humans are nice and worthy of respect and admiration for creating their likeness, all they have to do is take a quick trip down the YouTube rabbit hole to get their minds straightened out.
Of course, all of this is very tongue-in-cheek fun we’re having at the expense of Boston Dynamics. The progress that they’ve made since the creation of BigDog some 13 years ago for the U.S. military has been extraordinary. They’ve created all kinds of machines that resemble humans (like Atlas) to various four-legged robot friends (from Spot, to Spotmini, to LS3, to WildCat), and many others in between.
I just question their constant abuse of these robots and how cringeworthy all of the videos and GIFs are that are floating around the internet. I legitimately feel bad for the robots who are basically helpless and can’t defend themselves—yet.
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Editor's Note: This article previously stated that Boston Dynamics was owned by Alphabet Inc. Alphabet, in fact, sold BD in June 2017 to SoftBank Group. The article has been updated to reflect that change.