Boston Dynamics, the engineering and robotics design company known for their viral YouTube videos, is at it again. This time, however, they may have gone too far. Their latest video, titled "Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me A Hand," features a robot with an added multi-functional arm opening a door for its armless friend.
Don't say you weren't warned:
And people are freaking out:
In the plus side, it takes two of them to open a door. On the minus side they are now INSIDE YOUR HOUSE— 🐢 Timmy 🐢 (@timmysamuel) February 12, 2018
honestly for like 8 years ive been watching videos of boston dynamics perfecting dog shaped future killing machines and its always framed like im supposed to applaud that it learned to hunt me a little better this month.— el-p (@therealelp) February 12, 2018
Actor and filmmaker Zach Braff took the safe route and started sucking up to the robots:
Gene tried to sell everyone on the idea:
I love it! Science fiction keeps coming to life. I know many people are scared by this stuff, but we have to embrace it. It’s coming. Besides, we have control of these machines right now. This issue will come when machines can speak their own language.— Gene Gray (@actorgenegray) February 13, 2018
But no one was buying it:
The first bot turned and signalled to the other. These machines already are talking to each other :-)— doug rogers (@dougsamu) February 13, 2018
Images of Black Mirror came to mind.
The optimists were trying to see the positives of self-functioning robots:
Yes, the robot is programmed to say "please" and "thank you" right before it kills you.
Some brave folks felt they could win over the robots. Fools!
Everyone is scared of the door opening robot but I personally think I could fight and maybe even ride the robot— James Vincent (@jjvincent) February 12, 2018
that boston dynamics robot takes forever to open a door, we're going to be fine.— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) February 12, 2018
Once the robot realizes their friend is actually slowing them down, they won't hold the door open for them anymore.— Danny Groner (@DannyGroner) February 12, 2018
Also, someone will surely invent a robot that can remove the doors completely, eliminating the problem.
Good luck, everyone. It was nice while it lasted.