Watch this amazing dance routine by Boston Dynamics' Spot robots

midian182

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In brief: If there’s one thing Boston Dynamics’ robots can do well, it is dancing. The company has released another video showing off the talents of its machines, with seven of the Spot quadrupeds taking center stage in an act of choreography that would put many professionals to shame.

The video is a celebration of Boston Dynamics’ acquisition by automaker Hyundai, which closed a $880 million deal with SoftBank earlier this week to take an 80-percent controlling stake in the Massachusetts-based robotics company.

Dancing to IONIQ: I'm On It by K-pop megagroup BTS, the Spots display amazing timing, agility, and teamwork. Boston Dynamics puts this down to “painstaking positioning and programming,” rather than their obstacle avoidance feature.

“There were a lot of challenges around getting the vision of our choreographer, who’s used to dealing with human dancers, into our software,” said Eric Whitman, a Boston Dynamics roboticist who had a lead role in the “Spot’s On It” video. “Everything had to be worked out in advance and scripted precisely. Robots have the advantage over humans in that they’re very repeatable: Once you get it right, it stays right. But they have the disadvantage that you have to tell them every little detail. They don’t improvise at all.”

Boston Dynamics robots are no stranger to the world of dance. The $74,500 Spot was joined by two Atlas models and the box-stacking Handle for an end-of-year jig to Do You Love Me by The Contours, and Spot showed off its solo skills to the tune of Uptown Funk in 2018.

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VitalyT

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That's all it's good for, innit? That's why Boston Creeps keeps changing hands like a chronic cheat.

And each new owner treats her like a Lannister, who amr always pays her debts...
 

kiwigraeme

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This is how it starts... then 10-15 years from now: Terminator.


I think you could be right - these with good vision and various shapes - would make a mint in a real life - humans vs robots - various modes - prehistoric - not paintball guns or lasers - Future with lasers etc . Hunt modes - be hunted . Be the hunter etc - industrial complex , forest setting, residential abandon home setting , old mine or NY sewer setting .

Problem comes when you give the robots an upgrade workshop and decentralised A.I - they will realised it's easier to touch the kill spots on the wriggling, moving, escaping humans when they are actually dead .

Actually refilm the movie "The Warriors" - the inspiration Robot leader is takeout giving a great speech - the Techspot gang have to make it home . Robots reprogram Teslas to aid in the search