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 bombs, patrolled oil rigs, monitored 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.
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