Is Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series fast becoming a reality? Following developments in humanoid robotics at CES 2018, engineers at Boston Dynamics recently shared a clip of its SpotMini robot that looks strikingly similar to something one would find in the dystopian series.
The clip above sees the SpotMini robot extending an arm out to turn the handle and open the door. Moments later, a fellow SpotMini comes to assist, before both machines successfully enter through the door. With five limbs available, the new robot eportedly has quadruple the dexterity of the average human, making it well equipped for menial house tasks, not to mention more energy efficient.
While a small feat for some, this marks a huge step in robotics, and follows the somersaulting Atlas Robot from last month.
Naturally, people were both thrilled and scared by the robot. While some praised its efforts, others pointed out that the new SpotMini closely resembled the robotic dog creatures as seen in the “Metalhead” episode of Black Mirror.
Once you’re done watching the video above, check out the reactions below.
Between news of the #SpotMini and these cancer-fighting #nanorobots, I’ve concluded that we’re headed for some sort of apocalypse soon.
— Mat (@ThatJerryBoi) February 13, 2018
I guess it’s cool to know how I’m going to die. https://t.co/xaBF5RyBLh
— Brea Grant (@breagrant) February 12, 2018
In the plus side, it takes two of them to open a door. On the minus side they are now INSIDE YOUR HOUSE
— 🐢 Timmy 🐢 (@timmysamuel) February 12, 2018
Looks like the #killer #robot from the 'Metalhead' episode of Black Mirror Season 4… Gross and nightmarish!!! 😡
— Fouad Boussetta IMHO (@FouadBoussetta) February 13, 2018
— MrPodge (@1MrPodge) February 12, 2018
It's happening #BlackMirror pic.twitter.com/9lyDnXrhhg
— Dᴀʟʟᴀs (@SrDallas_RM) February 12, 2018
Why are these Boston Robotics dudes apparently the only people who’ve never seen T2 or Jurassic Park? pic.twitter.com/Cd7r4CSGyX
— Julius Goat 🦆 (@JuliusGoat) February 13, 2018
I put the door opening robots video to the Jurassic Park theme because someone had to. Also, we're all going to die. pic.twitter.com/m7nqOyNMgD
— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) February 12, 2018
Well, we had a good run. I for one welcome our new robot overlords. https://t.co/DWQcy6vaWF
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 12, 2018
What do you think of the robot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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