PET DROID: New Robo Dog Unveiled

"New, sleek, headless version"

Ever dream of owning a dog that you don't have to clean up after? Robotics company Boston Dyamics has some good news for you.

According to Futurism, the robotics company introduced this week "a new, sleek, headless version of their SpotMini, an all-electric robot that moves around like an animal."

As seen in the video above, the not-so-cuddly SpotMini bounces around the yard like man's best friend as it swivels its rectangular body close to the grass, staring directly into the camera as if waiting for a game of fetch.

"This mechanical quadruped is a serious upgrade from the previous version," reports Futurism. "Some have suggested that these shiny improvements are an effort to commercialize the technology, but it is difficult to imagine such an advanced and lifelike robot being publicly available anytime soon."

Boston Dynamics has not yet revealed what specific purpose a robot dog would fill in someone's life. The only apparent purpose might be search capabilities, though BD has not indicated SpotMini is intended for such a function. As of now, the video above is the only information on SpotMini BD has provided.

"What we can tell you is that this little guy appears to have more personality than all its predecessors," reports Mashable. " Seriously, we can't wait to learn more about the rather polished-looking SpotMini, the latest agile robotic wonder from Boston Dynamics."

The unveiling of SpotMini comes in the wake of scientists beginning to sound the alarm on the dangers of robotics, specifically killer robots. In August, more than 100 of the world’s leading robotics and AI pioneers called on the U.N. to ban the development and use of killer robots.

Unless Boston Dynamics intends to attach an autonomous M4 Carbine to their new creation, it's safe to say SpotMini won't be going all Terminator on us anytime soon.


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