Writes Markoff in the NYT: "Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., — Read the rest
Used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit.
Corridor produced this excellent parody of Boston Dynamics' robots and the style of its promotional videos. It could be the trailer for a new Neill Blomkamp or Paul Verhoeven movie, but where the satire is immediately transformed into stress because there's very little about it that seems unlikely or even beyond the fairly immediate future. — Read the rest
LAPD used a portion of its staggering $1.8bn budget on a $278,000 dog this year and is putting the investment to use. It's not just any dog, though, but a robot one from Boston Dynamics. The kind you've likely seen getting knocked over in the company's marketing videos. — Read the rest
Boston Dynamics integrated a variety of AI systems—including ChatGPT with voice recognition—into its Spot robotic dog. In this video, you can hear it speak like a British butler, a snarky American dude, and a teenage girl.
Renowned American novelist Cormac McCarthy died of natural causes at his Santa Fe home. He was 89. Although famously reclusive, the dozen novels he wrote over his 60-year career speak for themselves, often taking hard, uncompromising looks at the disturbing, all-too-real darkness at the core of America's past, present and – on one occasion – possible future. — Read the rest
Before we leap two-footed into this week's malodorous pit of AI sludge (sorry in advance, but I will try and make it short), a brief bit of AI-adjacent future magic for you to enjoy. 'Robots playing football' has, for years now, been a pretty reliable bit of lightweight internet video comedy – look at them stumble! — Read the rest