A Guy With a Hockey Stick Is the Only Thing Stopping Door-Opening Robots From Escaping

If last week’s video of Boston Dynamic’s SpotMini robo-dog opening doors all by itself had you worried, don’t be. The bot’s creators have done everything possible to ensure the public’s safety by hiring a guy to thwart the robo-dog’s escape attempts using a hockey stick. Phew! One less thing to stress over.

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We’ll give the robot some credit, it puts up a good fight against the goon trying to smack its grabbing hand away from the door handle in a “robustness test” uploaded by Boston Dynamics today. But ultimately the four-legged robot gets dragged away from its escape attempt like a dog on a leash trying to get in one last sniff before its afternoon at the park is over. Maybe someone should suggest that Boston Dynamics’ technicians set off a few firecrackers first? That always sent our family dog into hiding.

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psychocandy

Does anyone else not find it very encouraging that the dude who knows the capabilities of this robot seems somewhat afraid to get in its way and/or stay in its vicinity for very long?