Do they carry their own poop bags is what I wanna know. Or even more, what is robotic dog poop (the mind boggles)?
It was already strange to see DARPA’s “cheetah” recently, setting a speed record for robots on a treadmill, but now this – what is the world coming to? I’ll let you read this article but now we have robotic dogs (primarily due to their follow-the-leader behavior since their body shape is a lot closer to a horse, to my eye). The title of the article is great, demonstrating the guidelines often quoted for blog posts to get Freshly Pressed.
The link to Boston Dynamics for the LS3 does have even more information and frankly visions of those walking attack vehicles in Star Wars comes to mind. Pretty amazing technology, but it actually demonstrates my point I made in my no manned mission to Mars post, we have only scratched the surface on machines and having a reason (ideally other than war) to push the technology would result in tremendous improvements.
Now for a joke and I know it’s not a very good one so no rotten tomatoes, please. I bet these things cost a fortune. So instead of inventing robots to be beasts of burden, at least in Afghanistan, I bet we can hire Taliban fighters for a lot less money than one of these things cost so instead of paying Mittwit’s new 2T$ in defense spending (Bain probably owns stock in Boston Dynamics) so bribe our way out of the place.