Watch this video. In a few years—when humans are being hunted down in some war by completely autonomous quadruped robotic beasts that can run faster than the fastest human on Earth—you will remember the day when you watched the video. The day it all started.

I'm not talking about some Terminator scenario, a dystopian future in which machines kill humanity. I'm just talking about a regular war.

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Have no doubt. While the work that Boston Dynamics is doing for the Pentagon's advanced research arm—DARPA—may be used for good, it will for sure be used for bad. This is one of those moments in history that will be shown in documentaries about how the robot armies started, 40 years from now.

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