School’s out Friday

This will brighten up your weekend.

Meet SpotMini, the latest robot from Boston Dynamics. This one can pick itself up after a fall, negotiate tricky spaces in your dining room and can even stack your dishwasher. A less attractive and embryonic version of Rosie from the Jetsons. I’m not sure about you, but if you’ve seen the state of my kitchen when I return home from a long day at work you would understand why I’m thinking SpotMini is a more than attractive option right now!

On another note, is it any wonder Google is off-loading Boston Dynamics? There has been speculation that peoples’ reactions to these robots fall into the ‘freak people out’ category and Google is distancing itself from them as a result. The reality still is that these robots are not making conscious decisions to rise from a fall or place a glass in a dishwasher. Human beings program them and control these actions.

We’re still a bit of a way until we see Rosie in our households, so until then, I’ll continue picking up after every member of my household and stacking and unstacking the dishwasher. Nothing like a decent bit of manual labour to distract you from the baggage of a hard day’s work. 😉

Have a good weekend. Revel in your humanity and stack the dishwasher by yourself. 🙂

 

Boston Dynamics latest iteration: Atlas

Since Google (now Alphabet) acquired Boston Dynamics in 2013, there have been some quite remarkable developments in their robotic creations. Spot was impressive, Wild Cat even moreso, but Atlas trumps them all.

The robots in the DARPA challenge last year struggled opening doors. Atlas looks like it’s ready to board a bus and visit you at home.

If you haven’t seen Spot yet, take a look.

Wild Cat’s here too.

Yes my friends, the robots are coming.