Boston Dynamics robots have attracted a mixture of amazement and terror for his or her various vary of feats. The bots have already sniffed out bombspatrolled oil rigsmonitored COVID-19 sufferers, accomplished parkour, and sometimes fallen over. However the firm’s newest video reveals they’ll additionally lower up a rug.

The Massachusetts-based agency has launched a video of its creations throwing shapes (though curiously not the robotic) to the Motown traditional “Do You Love Me.”

The entire gang has hit the dance flooring: there’s the humanoid Atlas shaking its stuff like a past-his-prime John Travolta in an ill-advised Pulp Fiction reboot; box-stacker Deal with rolling alongside to the rhythm; and Spot the quadruped miming the lyrics by a terrifying jaw that appears poised to eject a Xenomorph-style deadly tongue.

In a stunning breach of social distancing tips, the quartet dance in unison, apparently oblivious to the pandemic that stops us puny people from becoming a member of the enjoyable. However at the very least we’re spared the humiliation of getting served by insentient objects.

The strikes are a bit janky at instances, however the mobility and coordination of their routine is impressively fluid for lumps of metallic and plastic.

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Boston Dynamics is but to disclose how the robots discovered to boogie. The MIT spinoff — which was not too long ago scooped up by Korean carmaker Hyundai in a $1.1 billion deal — has solely mentioned it obtained the gang collectively to have fun the beginning of what’s (hopefully) a happier yr.

To me, it seems extra like a harbinger of doom. However a robotic apocalypse may nonetheless be an enchancment on the thrill of 2020. Disgrace we probably received’t survive to see the victory dance.

Revealed December 30, 2020 — 15:16 UTC

By Rana

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