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Google creates an ominous robotic dog, and repeatedly kicks it

Boston Dynamics
Please stop kicking me.
By Adam Pasick
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

This post has been corrected.

Google-owned Boston Dynamics has unveiled “Spot,” its latest robotic creature, which weighs 160 lb (73kg) and can scamper up and down stairs and other uneven terrain with its vaguely terrifying AI gait. In the video below, Spot’s creators also demonstrate its stability by repeatedly kicking it in the midsection, which seems like a terrible idea.

See Spot run. See humans kick Spot. See Spot file away memories of its mistreatment for future revenge. Run, humans, run!

An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Spot’s creator as Boston Robotics, not Boston Dynamics.

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