Could this four-legged robotic canine become a man’s best friend or ultimate foe?
The Spot Mini quadruped robot , developed by Boston Dynamics, moves just like a dog.
And a new redesigned version has the added feature of an arm that can extend out if its head.
This robot is so dexterous that it can open doors on its own.
It put this arm to good use in the video when it expertly and smoothly opened the door and even held it open for its robot friend to pass through.
Eliott Higgins, visiting research associate with Kings College London shared the video on Twitter with the caption: “The latest update from our future robot overlords.”
The rate of robotics development and artificial intelligence (AI) has been so brisk that experts in the field have warned that robots may soon replace humans as the the most powerful and dominant ‘life force’ on earth.
Whether this manifests or not, robotics and AI are fast becoming an ever more integral part of our human experience.
And stable, dexterous robots like the Spot Mini could be put to work in dangerous environments and conflict zones to prevent humans from being exposed to risk.
Or they could be used in households to help people who may have mobility problems or to carry out mundane tasks that humans would rather avoid doing.