Robo-dawg

Anyone remember the movie Westworld?  Got this video a few days back from a fellow technologist.  Makes me both proud to be a geek, and terrified for the future of mankind…

If i encountered this beast romping through the woods?  i’d leave a ‘big dog’ in my shorts.  Especially if he’s fully loaded and buzzing like an industrial joy-toy on steroids…

Now, if there are any among you that didn’t feel a twinge of “hey, that’s not nice” when BigDog got a boot in the ribs, i’d be surprised.  Conversely, if there are any among you who didn’t snort out loud when he hit the ice, then you don’t have the schadenfreude chromosome.  When i first saw it, i laughed so hard, i think i might have peed a little*…

The BigDog is autonomous, not run by joystick**.  Can’t you hear him telling his grandkids “In my day, we had to run up 35 degree inclines, in the snow, carrying 340lbs.  And we were thankful.  You young whipper-snapper robots are spoiled…”

In the end, the geeks shall inherit the earth – with their invasion gear carried by robotic mules***.  For more on Boston Dynamics, BigDog and their other robo-pets, check out their website.  Technology ain’t for wimps.  These guys have done something magical…

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* At my age, allergy season is an adventure.

** Despite the fact that he sounds like one.

*** Which is a good thing because your garden variety member of the nerd-herd can’t carry more than a lunch sack with a Peanut Butter – Marshmallow Fluff on Wonder Bread sandwich, and a Butterscotch Pudding cup.