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Watch: Robot Dogs Can Now Open Doors In Reality And Has Creeped Out Even Netflix
By Mikelle Leow, 14 Feb 2018
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Left video screenshot via BostonDynamics, Netflix logo via Wikimedia Commons, right image via Netflix
Get yourself ‘Social Credit’ system ready—you might soon be living in a future that follows the plotlines of Black Mirror.
On Monday, Boston Dynamics uploaded footage of its android ‘dog’—dubbed ‘SpotMini’—successfully and intelligently opening doors.
The clip reveals the yellow robot clutching a door handle, twisting it, and then yanking the door open before entering the next room.
“‘SpotMini’ is one of the quietest robots we have ever built,” Boston Dynamics described. “It has a variety of sensors… [that] help with navigation and mobile manipulation. ‘SpotMini’ performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.”
The breakthrough has obviously spurred comparisons with the killer robot hounds from Black Mirror’s ‘Metalhead’ episode, and the fact that both versions look eerily alike each other isn’t helping.
“Black Mirror has already shown that this is a bad idea,” wrote a viewer in the YouTube video’s comments.
Netflix, an apparent fan of predictions, has also pointed out the uncannily similarities between the two via Twitter, warning that Black Mirror might soon become reality.
“Black Mirror is a documentary,” the streaming platform cautioned.
‘SpotMini’ was introduced just a year ago, and it already appears to know how to escape. Pray tell when it will start memorizing home addresses.
If this isn’t unsettling enough, these instances showing five Black Mirror episodes that might have already come true could get you on the edge of your seat.
Video via BostonDynamics
black mirror is a documentary pic.twitter.com/2y07t1Bgam— Netflix US (@netflix) February 13, 2018
Video screenshot via BostonDynamics
[via Mashable and Netflix, video via BostonDynamics, images via various sources]
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