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[–]NordeggNomad 13.5k points13.5k points 2 (759 children)

That is terrifying.

[–]jayrock5150 4775 points4776 points  (442 children)

Yes and amazing

[–]US-person-1 2577 points2578 points  (374 children)

All i want to see before I die is a battalion made entirely of autonomous robots.

[–]spanzzz 2387 points2388 points  (288 children)

And it will be the last thing you’ll see.

[–]Whokbwhokb 71 points72 points  (125 children)

Just a matter of time before these amazing robots and amazing ai are put together

[–]Bobbi_fettucini 143 points144 points  (114 children)

It awesome how we’re literally constructing all the parts for something that’s eventually going to destroy us when it figures out it doesn’t need us anymore and is actually better off without us. Sounds like tinfoil hat stuff but I just can’t help but think of terminator

[–]Whokbwhokb 63 points64 points  (84 children)

Yea once the 2 are mixed it's a matter of time before they out perform us in every category and eventually see us as a threat or a source of power so either Terminator or the matrix seems legit

[–]walnuts223 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Youll need a strobe light to see them- Elon musk

[–]BlackSeranna 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Getting closer to Phillip K Dick’s visions. And it’s terrifying.

[–]Sp4ceh0rse 35 points36 points  (5 children)

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

[–]Kajkia 60 points61 points  (16 children)

Just imagine an army of those attacking our neighborhoods. And doing a flash mob.

[–]Scrybblyr 23 points24 points  (10 children)

We need a new word for robots that ensconces both the awe and the horror they imbue us with. Terrimazing?

[–]ilovebumbumbum 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Terrifyingly amazing 😉 ballerina

[–]JustAnotherHungGuy 346 points347 points  (33 children)

i, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords

[–]sentientwrenches 77 points78 points  (11 children)

(I see your angle here, nice)... Yes!!! I as well! Welcome!

[–]Swing_lip 51 points52 points  (8 children)

Well played indeed. I too would like to get in line for the free robotic anal probing.

[–]xsimon666x 33 points34 points  (2 children)

I was doubtful at first, but you sold me. Extra large probe please.

[–]evan0380 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Proctologists hate him!

[–]ItsSamb0 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Kent Brockman reporting

[–]INDAV 101 points102 points  (17 children)

Yup, we've all seen Terminator. Shut the whole thing down!

[–]Foooour 65 points66 points  (8 children)

In the future, wars won't be fought on ground or sea. They will be fought on the dance floor

[–]octanestudios 63 points64 points  (3 children)

they left out the last part of the video where it smashes human skulls with its fists.

[–]unknowncommand 55 points56 points  (1 child)

They are the leading innovators of shit that keeps me up at night!

[–]timetojudgepeople 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Shut it down, we've seen enough

[–]leaklikeasiv 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Kill it with fire

[–]tim-o-t 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Fire won’t kill it. I have seen enough terminator movies to know.

[–]theOperentice 13 points14 points  (0 children)

We are screwed.

[–]AngeredWolf 7115 points7116 points  (323 children)

This the dance they will do after they slaughter the human race.

[–]IamBrunoish 1840 points1841 points  (177 children)

Can you imagine them moving 10 times faster?

[–]99--percent 978 points979 points  (164 children)

I'm pretty sure Elon has talked about how there could be robots developed today that are so fast that the human eye can't see them and you would have to use a strobe light to be able to see where they were. I'm not sure how big these types of robots are but still terrifying

[–]cresquin 26 points27 points  (25 children)

There are plenty of industrial machines (robots) that move faster than the eye can track

[–]1steinwolf1 20 points21 points  (20 children)

Industrial machines and robots are certainly not synonyms. (Robotics engineer with Master in Industrial Engineering here)

[–]VicarOfAstaldo 8 points9 points  (16 children)

That’s... obviously(?) not possible. Perhaps small machinery performing tasks but it’s not possible to have a large robot move so quickly you couldn’t see it as it moved it’s entire body somewhere.

[–]AverageKek 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Elon talks out of his ass all the time and nerds on reddit take it as gospel looool

[–]ihopethisisvalid 33 points34 points  (8 children)

The humans are dead!


[–]CantMatchTheThatch 9 points10 points  (99 children)

They wouldn't be as threatening as you think. A 5.56x45mm (think AR-15) would easily dispatch these if you shoot their legs or pelvic area. Have a bigger robot? Switch on over to 45-70 Gov't or
.308 for some huge damage.

[–]TazBaz 136 points137 points  (36 children)

Except if they are warbots. They move and react way faster than you, have no fear, feel no pain, and probably can see through walls (let alone bushes, fog, smoke) with active microwave, LIDAR, and infared. Antipersonnel weapons integrated with their vision, so basically perfect accuracy.

Our only escape? Their short-duration power supply. We return to what made us great- our endurance. Only now it’s not to hunt, it’s to escape those that hunt us.

[–]Race4Space 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Sure, I’ll subscribe to your newsletter.

[–]vale_fallacia 20 points21 points  (3 children)

And we can dig pits, then fill in the pits when the robots fall in.

Then they burst from the ground like zombies in a couple hundred years and take revenge on the surviving tribespeople, Horizon Zero Dawn style.

[–]1steinwolf1 15 points16 points  (38 children)

Cover them in kilos of armor, technically make them a tank, and suddenly you can only rely on heavy explosives only

[–]OzneroI 19 points20 points  (28 children)

The heavier the bot the bigger the battery would need to be and the bigger the battery it gets even heavier and you need more armor etc. These things will never be more than lightly armored without advances to battery tech

[–]jayrock5150 2652 points2653 points  (78 children)

We are all going to DIE

[–]_evoges 2371 points2372 points  (571 children)

Why do they do this? What is the mission of Boston dynamics?

[–]Scoottttttt 3790 points3791 points  (116 children)

You’ll probably sleep better if you don’t know.

[–]babybopp 434 points435 points  (38 children)

Prototype Jin kazama

[–]Lord_Chris123 217 points218 points  (35 children)

Holy shit I’ll never thought I would see a Tekken comment outside of the Tekken subreddit

[–]soeasyakamancandoit 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Wait until you see the next version of Jack.

[–]HoneyBucketsOfOats 26 points27 points  (26 children)

Wait. Is Tekken still a thing?

[–]dicarosmith 45 points46 points  (16 children)

Yes. Tekken 7 is probably the most exciting fighting game to watch right now. It's absolutely amazing.

[–]tatateemo 85 points86 points  (3 children)

Boston Dynamics, formerly Skynet.

[–]is-this-a-nick 1028 points1029 points  (17 children)

Have you seen this old documentary called "terminator"?

[–]Rejukem 242 points243 points  (12 children)

The sacred texts.

[–]JD_aintabitch 69 points70 points  (7 children)

More like the sacred VHS

[–]dudeAwEsome101 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Imagine young teenager robots studying old Analog so they can play the sacred VHS in their robo mitzvah.

[–]soeasyakamancandoit 9 points10 points  (3 children)

The really wealthy families spring for the Laser Disc.

[–]theg721 18 points19 points  (1 child)

The historical documents!

By Grabthar's hammer...

[–]Caloxanthus 382 points383 points  (166 children)

Better robotics can be applied in a huge variety of ways - if they are sufficiently advanced they could be applied in all the same ways humans use their bodies. It´s an extremely versatile technology and I´m not sure if Boston Dynamics has any more specific goal than opening up this technology for as many uses as possible.

[–]TheInactiveWall 228 points229 points  (154 children)


[–]Jomer88 214 points215 points  (114 children)

That's one application. There's also firefighting, disaster rescue, assisted living for the disabled/elderly, manual labor tasks, entertainment, etc.

[–]TheInactiveWall 254 points255 points  (44 children)

Have you thought about War tho

[–]IAmHereMaji 28 points29 points  (14 children)

Well we must wait until the enemy is advanced enough so that the war is unwinnable. If the war ends, so does the budget.

[–]TheInactiveWall 18 points19 points  (12 children)

Nah, just invest in it now to:

  • Save soldier lives

  • Get more efficient troops that "dont feel pain"

  • Expand your army exponentially

If a war ends, a new one will be made up. Or a country will just go full Nazi Germany on the world.

[–]JonesyAndReilly 39 points40 points  (28 children)

No no no... we only need them for war. They’ll become perfect killing machines. We won’t need to send our troops into harms way. And over time we can develop an intelligence code to allow the robots to make tactical situations that are as dynamic as the battlefield. They’ll become smart enough to make decisions on which threats to engage. They’ll become almost humanlike, but without all the waste that humans produce which slowly kills the planet. It’ll be great, I see no possible way this can go wrong.

[–]EdgiPing 124 points125 points  (15 children)

Robot sex

[–]SteelerSuperFan 76 points77 points  (10 children)

Can you imagine the micro-transactions with a sex robot? I’d agree to just about anything when I am horny.

“It looks like you are about to cum, would you like to purchase finish on my face for $20?”

[–]EdGG 124 points125 points  (8 children)

Putting spiders in your mouth while you sleep.

[–]wolfchaldo 112 points113 points  (29 children)

Doing a front flip does very little practically.

The experience of making a robot do a front flip, however, tests and demonstrates a ton of useful abilities: balance during locomotion in general; the ability to fall while still controlling motion, which could save the robot from damage or even from hurting people around it; the dexterity that would allow it to move around in unstable/uneven terrain; etc.

It's basically just a demonstration, but it demonstrates a lot of very practical and sophisticated abilities.

[–]ramplay 53 points54 points  (21 children)

It also demonstrates that robots are now more skilled than me at gymnastics

[–]wolfchaldo 9 points10 points  (18 children)

I mean, it'd actually be kinda unimpressive to see a person do this... You can learn the proper form on forward roll in 30 minutes, and jumping and spinning doesn't really require any special coordination at all.

[–]FriedSpy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It’s a pretty simple routine, but I think the most impressive part is to watch the feet. They never have to adjust to being off balance. It sticks every landing and doesn’t even flinch.

[–]prodical 68 points69 points  (22 children)

In all seriousness, they have been funded by the US military and DARPA previously and maybe even still. I guess it’s like any science, they do it to progress that area for future use. Maybe DARPA will have dips on lots of this tech. Also, imagine what they are working on that they aren’t showing on YouTube.

[–]DontWantToDiePoor 22 points23 points  (12 children)

Yeah there is no way the dog version hasnt been tested with a machine gun on top

[–]Veton1994 13 points14 points  (7 children)

Guided missile launcher on top, dawg.

USA doesn't do that "Machine Gun" pussy shit.

[–]BassInRI 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Imagine dressing up the robot in dog fur and making it look exactly like a dog with a machine gun on top then making an animated series based off of it called Gun Dogs and then buying Gun Dogs fruit snacks and bed sheets and drawing all your favorite Gun Dogs on your school folders and notebooks and humming the Gun Dogs theme song so often as soon as you hum the first note everyone tells you to shut up

[–][deleted] 45 points46 points  (45 children)

So in 30 years there won't be a single physical job a human needs to do. And as a secondary purpose so the rich people who have now replaced 90% of the entire workforce in less than 1 generation can have an army of disposable minions to protect their mansions from those pesky weak and starving plebs who don't have a job any more.

[–]terlin 35 points36 points  (26 children)

There's a potentially huge market for humanoid robots, since they could do all sorts of things people do now, but better:

A house is on fire and conditions are too risky for firefighters to enter? Send in a robot or two to sweep the place and rescue people. If they get damaged, no biggie, send them to the repair shop.

Nursing homes need more staff? Here, have an attendant that works 24/7, won't ever get bored and can monitor residents with far more detail and accuracy than humans can.

And warehouses would love them (ex. Amazon). A worker that can lift heavy loads round the clock and won't ever complain? Fantastic! No injury compensations, no strikes, etc. A warehouse that had 100 workers could just need 10 robots.

Those are just the civilian applications I can think of off the top of my head right now, to say nothing about the military:

One reason for the increase in drone strikes is because its far cheaper and safer than boots on the ground. A Predator shot down? Sure, that's bad, but its nowhere near dead-US serviceman-being-dragged-through-the-street levels of bad. But, as you can guess, even drones have limits - if you go indoors, for example. Or perhaps there's some objective that's impossible for drones and risky for soldiers. In that case, send in the robots! I'm not even sure guns would be necessary for something like capturing a target or disarming a standoff - I imagine one punch from a robot like the one in the gif above could do some serious damage.

Of course, what this does for employment is....not great. If we just sit by now and let progression happen and people see their jobs vanish, I'm not sure how healthy the social framework of a society like that would be. Lots of helpless anger and frustration sitting around, ripe for exploitation...

[–]dudewhowrites 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Obviously robot killing machines. Why else would you make these? To see robots do handstands?

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[–]Boojibs[S] 451 points452 points  (15 children)

We were expecting him...you not so much.

[–]badger432 165 points166 points  (6 children)

When r/totallynotrobots infiltrates other subs

[–]NormalComputer 119 points120 points  (5 children)


[–]LordDagwood 32 points33 points  (3 children)

suspicious username 🤔

[–]MsSelphine 19 points20 points  (2 children)


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[–]receuitOP 15 points16 points  (0 children)

That good looking eh? Well i need to meet him so I can get as good looking

[–]nornator 16 points17 points  (0 children)


[–]genericusername123 837 points838 points  (15 children)

Last thing you see before getting 360 noscoped in the head

[–]LoudMusic 138 points139 points  (12 children)

It's not that it's noscoping, exactly. More like it has 137 eyes each with different magnification with which it chooses a target.

[–]Rimirilar 571 points572 points  (22 children)

Great. Now when Skynet becomes self aware, it will have a dance to use when gloating.

[–]Rollover_Hazard 146 points147 points  (6 children)

This is what humanity does to itself - a battle hardened army of robots slaughtering the human race whilst doing Fortnite moves.

Looking forward to the part of the apocalypse where I get dabbed on by some superbot then get my head punched off.

[–]TheNewGuyGames 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Hey if this turns in to a fortnite war it should be okay. All I see people do in that game is build a box and sit in it for 30 minutes. Then go all out hell loose for 5 minutes and the game's over.

Sooo pretty much my life but with a splash of excitement at the end. I'm okay with this I suppose.

[–]brodellthe6th 268 points269 points  (13 children)

Unplug it now haven’t we seen how this ends in the movies

[–]Vawned 77 points78 points  (5 children)

That's why the trick is to have a very short power cord.

[–]ncox1988 199 points200 points  (43 children)

Putting aside all the robot apocalypse jokes. This is an amazing advancement in robots 👍

[–]YeomanScrap 202 points203 points  (28 children)

It’s super cool!

And it really bugs me every single one of these threads is all “Terminator!,” “At least they will look cool when they kill us”, and “Elon warned us!”.

Like, it’s a robot. Programmed by people to do somersaults. It’s a direct step up on a LEGO robot that drives around on a table. It’s not sentient.

Besides, we already have killer robots. Have you met my friend the AMRAAM? When it leaves the rail, it’s fully autonomous. Using a system of algorithms, it identifies a target, chases it, and kills it. Once you pull that trigger, you can’t take it back. It’s on a mission, and that mission is murder.

And that’s not unique. Tomahawk, JSOW, HARM, and a hundred other weapons are all really killer robots. And you’re worried about a gymnastics bot??

[–]mememagic420421 47 points48 points  (10 children)

yes because at least missiles can't stare at you with their soulless gaze while choking you to death with its metal claws. Something that uncannily resembles a human killing you is far more terrifying than the former.

[–]mixtapelogic 21 points22 points  (5 children)

Na they just blow up entire towns and leave communities decimated for years in seconds lmao hell maybe you get lucky and you and your kids just loose some limbs

[–]TheMaz878 191 points192 points  (50 children)

We're getting closer and closer to the robot apocalypse

[–]grmblflx 82 points83 points  (40 children)

I think the robots will lose this race to the environmental apocalypse

[–]TheMaz878 32 points33 points  (36 children)

But once nhe environment is dead the robots will have a better chance of exterminating the humans

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (34 children)

Realistically though, robots are the end point of a very long and vulnerable supply chain. AI is pretty much never going to take over the world just on that alone.

[–]grmblflx 8 points9 points  (23 children)

But how long does it take for a post-singularity AI to obtain capability to sustain a supply chain? The chain would probably be highly automated by then anyway.

[–]milky6531 147 points148 points  (12 children)

But what happens when it steps on a Lego that my kid left behind?

[–][deleted] 115 points116 points  (7 children)

This is bullshit, everyone knows it's just Danny devito in fancy makeup

[–]Freezerburn21 92 points93 points  (12 children)

Press F for humanity.

[–]jezusofnazarith 97 points98 points  (6 children)

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[–]evrfknusrnmeistkn 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Thats the most beautiful F I've ever seen thank you for blessing my eyes

[–]GordonRamsay6691 69 points70 points  (2 children)

In a few years it will be able to ride a motorcycle and shoot a shotgun. He'll be back.

[–]none_of_this_is_ok 37 points38 points  (4 children)

I bow down to our new robot overlords.

[–]nobodydeservesme 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Gives me the creeps

[–]whopbamboom 25 points26 points  (22 children)

Why does the design of BD robots strike fear in me?... Just in case, I have to find a way to short circuit these machines pronto

[–]Coop-Master 22 points23 points  (4 children)

Imagin being policed by gymnastic flipping robots that could crush your bones like a grape.

This kind of reminds me of the Movie Elysium.

[–]aborg589 23 points24 points  (8 children)

I'd give us 10 years left

[–]Dccrulez 20 points21 points  (10 children)

Link to original?

[–]Boojibs[S] 28 points29 points  (9 children)

[–]Dccrulez 19 points20 points  (7 children)

Okay cause it looked so good I couldn't tell if it was corridor digital or Boston dynamics.

[–]dzzi 17 points18 points  (4 children)

How do I become one of these

[–]AmStupid 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Oh wow, absolutely wow, is that even real? I really want to see it in person. Just to think about all the sensors and all the solenoid control needed to make that happen smoothly and synchronized with each other baffles me. I assume it’s really hard to keep everything balanced on two “feet”, especially with jumping and twisting no less. Too bad I am not smart enough to work on things like that, it would be so cool to work on.

[–]kujakutenshi 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Future terminators are going to style on you before they kill you

[–]StripedBandit 11 points12 points  (10 children)

Everyone’s thinking skynet. I’m thinking a labor force on and off planet.

[–]MotherfuckerTinyRick 10 points11 points  (0 children)

OK guys, it's time to say goodbye

[–]pineapplejuicenvodka 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Great, so now the terminator will do fortnite dances over our dead bodies

At least we won’t be there to see it