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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..
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Boston Dynamics: Big Dog


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Derin

9 years ago

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

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A good name

10 years ago

Don't worry. These things can't go fast, climb trees, and their batteries (like just about every other robot) probably won't last more than a few hours max.

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lemonieA good name

Reply 10 years ago

I've never seen a real dog climb a tree... Like I said before, 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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A good namelemonie

Reply 10 years ago

They can if they're after something. At least some can. Don't know about more domestic breeds. A

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lemonieA good name

Reply 10 years ago

Well possibly. Cats seem to have much sharper claws, and are generally lighter, but as cats find, going up is different from coming down. You don't hear of dogs stuck up trees often / ever (?)

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Goodhartlemonie

Reply 10 years ago

dogs rarely climb trees, but some breeds can run up them (much like stuntmen run up a wall). That I have seen.

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Kiteman

10 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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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 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 SoldierKiteman

Reply 10 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

10 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

10 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

10 years ago

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

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xACIDITYxRock Soldier

Reply 10 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 RainxACIDITYx

Reply 10 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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lemoniexACIDITYx

Reply 10 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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lemonieRock Soldier

Reply 10 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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whatsisfacelemonie

Reply 10 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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lemoniewhatsisface

Reply 10 years ago

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

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lemoniewhatsisface

Reply 10 years ago

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

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lemoniewhatsisface

Reply 10 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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Kitemanlemonie

Reply 10 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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lemonieKiteman

Reply 10 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

10 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

10 years ago

Its Learning!

No, Seroiusly :-)

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xACIDITYx

10 years ago

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

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tarzioo

10 years ago

yeah that is really creepy!

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Rotten194

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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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lemonieCameronSS

Reply 10 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

10 years ago

Reminds me of a Hunter from Half Life 2.

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dombeef

10 years ago

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

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lemonie

10 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

10 years ago

It reminds me of the Mechanical Hound. Creepy.

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jessyratfink

10 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

10 years ago

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

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gmjhoweCameronSS

Reply 10 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...