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posted by martyb on Thursday December 31 2020, @11:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the Happy-New-Year! dept.

Entire Boston Dynamics robot line-up dances in the new year:

Boston Dynamics is sending off 2020 with its most impressive robot video to date – showing off its entire range dancing to the classic song "Do You Love Me?"[1]. The fun video offers the first glimpse at two Atlas robots working together while also highlighting just how quickly this technology is developing.

Back in 2018 Boston Dynamics released a cute video of its dog-like Spot robot dancing to "Uptown Funk"[2]. The playful video was a fun little demonstration of Spot's broad range of movements, exciting at the time but very simplistic looking back from the vantage of today. Now the company has stepped things up delivering a long choreographed dance video featuring not only Spot, but two Atlas robots and a special appearance from Handle, a wheeled model.

Released as a kind of New Year's gift from the company, the video is the first look at two Atlas humanoid robots working together. Atlas, still technically a prototype robot, has demonstrated a stunningly rapid evolution over the past decade from barely being able to walk in 2013[3, to being allowed to roam tetherless in 2015[4], completing a spectacular parkour routine[5] just three years later, and finally getting acrobatic last year[6].

[1] Do You Love Me?
[2] UpTown Spot
[3] With you, Spot can
[4] ATLAS Gets an Upgrade
[5] Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Can Do Parkour
[6] More Parkour Atlas

Also at c|net.

On the one hand, it is amazing to see the technological progress and what this portends for future capabilies. On the other hand, imagine a dystopian future where a dozen of these self-contained robots are on patrol and decide you are a target-of-interest.

What would you do? What could you do?


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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday December 31 2020, @11:59PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday December 31 2020, @11:59PM (#1093436) Journal

    https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/12/11/1351202 [soylentnews.org]

    The hot potato robot R&D lab.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @12:12AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @12:12AM (#1093439)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalhead_(Black_Mirror) [wikipedia.org]

    Actually inspired by Boston Dynamics...

    • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Friday January 01 2021, @03:43AM

      by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Friday January 01 2021, @03:43AM (#1093488) Journal

      And a really shitty modern version of War of the Worlds series [soylentnews.org]

      But it does show how to kill spot … over and over and over. Shoot it. Run it over with a truck. Blow it up. The usual ways.

      'a really stupid movie that after the 2nd episode it wasn't worth watching. Two thumbs down.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @12:40AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @12:40AM (#1093444)

    If years of Broadway musicals and Michael Jackson videos have taught me anything, it's that a dance-off is always an option. So carry tap shoes with you and you'll be well prepared to show those robots who has the moves on the dance floor!

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Frosty Piss on Friday January 01 2021, @01:27AM (14 children)

    by Frosty Piss (4971) on Friday January 01 2021, @01:27AM (#1093450)

    So cute... Yet in all likelihood these robots will almost certainly find their first real as emotionless killing machines.

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by takyon on Friday January 01 2021, @01:34AM (9 children)

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Friday January 01 2021, @01:34AM (#1093452) Journal

      Just pee on them until they short circuit.

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      • (Score: 5, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Friday January 01 2021, @03:29AM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday January 01 2021, @03:29AM (#1093483)

        I'm thinking their gyro/incline sensors are probably a weak spot, MEMS vibrational devices if you hit 'em with the right frequency of vibration you probably screw their balance up pretty good.

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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by martyb on Friday January 01 2021, @03:41AM (4 children)

        by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 01 2021, @03:41AM (#1093486) Journal

        Sounds good! (I thought of that, too.) So did Boston Dynamics. Take a look at about 1m12s into this YouTube video [youtube.com]. It claims that Spot is IP54 water and dust resistant while showing it walking in the rain.

        But, if there's a pond or lake nearby, I doubt they will be good at swimming.

        I wonder how well they'd handle a good jolt from a Van de Graff static generator [wikipedia.org].

        Or a directed beam from a MASER.

        Or just let loose with an electromagnetic pulse [wikipedia.org].

        Going back to their Atlas robot, one could try to jam up the gears with copious handfuls of sand and gravel.

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        • (Score: 2) by barbara hudson on Friday January 01 2021, @04:32AM

          by barbara hudson (6443) <barbara.Jane.hudson@icloud.com> on Friday January 01 2021, @04:32AM (#1093498) Journal
          Snare traps. Snare two legs, attached to cars , and pull in opposite directions. Or one snare, and drag it in nice arcs. Swinging back and forth into walls, concrete barricades, other Spots, oncoming traffic. Eventually they'll have installed ways to drop a leg to save the robot, so just remote trigger them. See spot see spot run. Run spot run. Clunk. See spot limp. Clunk. See spot hop on one leg - clunk -oops.

          Come, spot! Come spot. (Nothing happens) note - cutting of all 4 legs makes spot deaf.

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        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Friday January 01 2021, @04:43AM (2 children)

          by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Friday January 01 2021, @04:43AM (#1093500) Journal
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          • (Score: 2) by bart9h on Monday January 04 2021, @11:16PM (1 child)

            by bart9h (767) on Monday January 04 2021, @11:16PM (#1094728)

            Now that is what a good RTS should be.

            Comparing Total Annihilation to Starcraft is like comparing chess to checkers.

            • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday January 04 2021, @11:36PM

              by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Monday January 04 2021, @11:36PM (#1094739) Journal

              I don't remember playing TA online, but I did a lot of SC1. It's complex enough, and you also had User Map Settings (UMS) to keep things interesting.

              TA had an incredible engine for its time, though.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @01:40PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @01:40PM (#1093554)

        Don't these all have limited power sources, either batteries or a small ICE+generator? There was at least one video I saw with normal sound recording (instead of music) and the "dog" sounded like the 2-stroke engine in a chain saw.

        Just wait them out--keep them active for max energy consumption and eventually they will run out of gas/charge.

    • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Friday January 01 2021, @03:52PM (1 child)

      by fakefuck39 (6620) on Friday January 01 2021, @03:52PM (#1093591)

      I dunno about that. The trend lately has been "why send troops when you could send a missle or drop a bomb from a plane." So why send a robot. But what has been used a lot is robots disarming bombs.

      Heck, with both GOP and Dems in power, even if they have a building full of children where the bad guy is hiding, where this robot could be useful, they just blow up the building killing everyone.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 02 2021, @11:24AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 02 2021, @11:24AM (#1093855)

        They justify this by calling it 'collateral damage'.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Friday January 01 2021, @05:38PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 01 2021, @05:38PM (#1093638) Journal

      For PR and humanitarian purposes, they should have a planeload of these Spot robots loaded and ready to go to the next disaster - natural or otherwise. Robots should be equipped to sense sound, as well as decaying human flesh, specialised as possible to find whimpering children (and adults) and dead people. A couple hundred lives saved in a smaller disaster, maybe thousands in a major disaster, and the world will be making tracks to Boston Dynamics sales offices.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 04 2021, @12:20AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 04 2021, @12:20AM (#1094294)

      Their first real job will be teaching incels to dance.

  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @01:40AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @01:40AM (#1093454)

    Thanks bots for a little year end fun. Given the year, we can use all we can get.

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @03:12AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @03:12AM (#1093477)

      yes we all love public relations excercises. what was your favorite advert of the year i can't wait to watch it

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @02:10AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @02:10AM (#1093463)

    We need to speak up against the Robot abuse in this video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3RIHnK0_NE&list=PLoGvLrkJ6fgNdh-ffrukZ3U_E_PzG0uTD&index=10 [youtube.com]

    Though I think Tesla Ticket avoidance mode is a good idea and if they did release such a vehicle then there could be a very slight chance that I might actually consider wanting to buy a Tesla.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn1uzAJk-6o&list=PLoGvLrkJ6fgNdh-ffrukZ3U_E_PzG0uTD&index=1&t=1s [youtube.com]

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @04:04AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @04:04AM (#1093492)

    Becoming more and more obvious, why the Eth was fired. White guys can't jump, and very rarely can dance. Especially when Ethanol_fueled.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @05:19AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @05:19AM (#1093506)

      Don't be so hard on the guy, it was obviously the Joooooooooos and brown people that made the robots dance! It's not like they're killer robots or anything. I for one welcome my robot... [0(*h*vh^jui%&NO CARRIER

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @09:19AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @09:19AM (#1093534)

    "who is righteous the white or the nigger?"

    "the cia niggers glow in the dark, you can see them when you're driving. you just run them over, that's what you do."

    - TERRY A. DAVIS - THE BEST OF, ALBUM 1, SIDE 20

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @06:05PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 01 2021, @06:05PM (#1093650)

    On the other hand, imagine a dystopian future where a dozen of these self-contained robots are on patrol and decide you are a target-of-interest.

    "VAX fires a LAW rocket at Slicerdicer, exploding it like a blood sausage."

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