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Yep, I'm Officially Scared. Answered

Robotics company Boston Dynamics has made a vehicle for the military, its called the Big Dog.
Its got four legs, and weighs 235 pounds, and can carry a payload of 340 pounds.
The video is just too creepy..
O_o

Boston Dynamics: Big Dog


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Derin
Derin

11 years ago

There is a GMOD npc called DOG.......

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

I saw video of an earlier version of this (they called it mule then) - it definitely seems stronger and more capable (it's supposed be a mule, not a weapons platform), but it's still too noisy to take into combat, if only because you'd not here ordinary pedestrians sneak up on you.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

The mule ? I assume it wasn't the same mule as the one in Asimov's Foundation Series (Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation)?

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Rock Soldier
Rock Soldier

Reply 11 years ago

No reason to be quiet though if they know your there, or if you bring them in the middle of the battle.

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ideasby1000s
ideasby1000s

11 years ago

All that comes to mind is "Terminator". Smart robots! When they're programed there is nothing to stop them. Ya Know

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comodore
comodore

11 years ago

haha Science, it used to be fun and exciting and for the good of this Earth until it turned EVIL! Buhahahaha!

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Rock Soldier
Rock Soldier

11 years ago

I'm only scared on one condiction... What country is this?

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

on top of Lemonie's point, it's funded by DARPA, a US organization, which leads me to believe it's based in the US

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Well, the 617 area code numbers, the fact that "The company began as a spinoff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology", and the job openings in Waltham, Massachusetts all lead me to believe its based in the US. Not that I'm sayin' I know or anything. ;)

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

Indeed.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

I was being subtle in my original comment - it is quite obvious that these guys are based in the US... L

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

Boston Dynamics... could be Lincolnshire UK, but I guess (without bothering to follow a link) that it's the USA?

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

Definitely not from down my end or I'd be there in a shot. It'll probably be Boston, MA.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

That was the Boston (Tea-Party) I was thinking of, where's your nearest Boston? L

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

OK, I'd already though better of that Boston. Ever been to Scunthorpe?

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah a fair few times.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

I went once (which was enough). It got a bit seedy for us, but that was down to the time and company I guess... L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

We went up Boston Stump a couple of years ago, on the way back from Skegness Butlins. It's a grand view, but a bit of a climb when you have to keep stepping over pigeons nesting in the staircase.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

"Boston Stump is the tallest parish church tower in England. Or is it?"
No never been there.
My dad did take me here yesterday - lots of great stuff, the Gardner 2-stroke (pictured) actually has 4 big blow-lamps on the top! (for the hot-bulb ignition).

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PKM
PKM

11 years ago

First rule of scary robots: if a healthy adult human with a baseball bat couldn't take it out, it's too scary. If you can't push it, trip it or knock it over, I'm not happy :S maybe you'd have to go Star Wars style and tie its legs together with rope? It's either that, or get up close and detach its fuel lines... then it goes into battery mode and becomes just as scary but silent... D:

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Der Bradly
Der Bradly

11 years ago

Its Learning!

No, Seroiusly :-)

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

11 years ago

It's creepy... the legs... too human-like.

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tarzioo
tarzioo

11 years ago

yeah that is really creepy!

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Rotten194
Rotten194

11 years ago

2:14 sounds like its tap-dancing lol Its amazing how "smart" this thing is though, how it can recover from stumbling and stuff.

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thematthatter
thematthatter

11 years ago

This thing is stupid. They need to make a giant one with laser cannons and blasters. It will really put fear into the Rebel Alliance

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

11 years ago

Reminds me of that spider one. GOD, if I could wish for anything in the world, my first choice would have been world peace, but then I saw this bad boy. The world can work it out eventually.......

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Looks like a dog, sounds like a wasp... The thing will look a lot less creepy when they cover it in fur, add a tail and a head (with floppy-ears and tongue) L

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 11 years ago

THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

I don't actually see any weapons on this, but it would be good for family open-days at Boston Dynamics...? L

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its a lion
its a lion

11 years ago

Reminds me of a Hunter from Half Life 2.

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dombeef
dombeef

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah

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dombeef
dombeef

11 years ago

Oh My God..... What will happen next!

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

As a further thought, some one needs to create RC planes with harpoon-guns that can fly around the legs... L

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

11 years ago

It reminds me of the Mechanical Hound. Creepy.

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

11 years ago

Jace showed it to me months ago. It still haunts me. He was all into it because it's MGS-esque. But it's so creepy. :(

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

11 years ago

not too scary, one shot into the radiator....

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

Read the other comments, new news to many... I for one, saw it on gizmodo a year(?) or so ago. But then, not all of us are gawker whores...

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

Holy crap! Its like the same topic layout!

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n8man
n8man

11 years ago

Awwww, can I pet it?

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iBurn
iBurn

11 years ago

Holy Eff.

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

11 years ago

I think that thing is the creepiest thing I've ever seen. It makes me want to hide under a blanket with a teddy bear. I mean seriously, it looks unstoppable and like it could potentially kill you. Like it could just go berserk and take out every human being in its path.