So It Begins: Boston Dynamics Says They'll Be Able To Produce 1,000 Robot Dogs A Year By 2019

July 23, 2018


Because a single robot dog is hardly a robotic death army, Boston Dynamics has announced it will be able to produce upwards of 1,000 of its SpotMini robotic dogs per year by the end of 2019. Obviously, I hope to have my apocalypse survival bunker finished by the same time.

.... Speaking last month at the CeBIT computer expo Hannover, Germany, [founder Marc Raibert] said Boston Dynamics is already testing SpotMini with potential clients in four categories: construction, delivery, security, and home assistance.

... "We've built ten by hand, we're building 100 with manufacturers at the end of this year, and at the end of 2019, we're going to begin production at the rate of about 1,000 a year," he said of SpotMini

The attachment point where the SpotMini's robotic arm stems from its body could in the future hold a variety of attachments "to be designed and produced by third parties," per Fortune, making it more versatile. For example, instead of a claw the arm could terminate in a power tool or a camera.

Ahh, third party robotic dog arm attachments, this will end well. And by well I mean with a robotic dog pointing a gun at you.

I remember when I was a kid I used to think robots were the future. And I still do, I'm just afraid it's going to be a future without humans. Can you imagine the day you see a humanoid walking its pet robot dog down the sidewalk? That'll be the day, won't it? "What day?" The day I hit the big red button.

Thanks to cjcjcjcj, who agrees partying like it's 2019 doesn't sound as fun anymore.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I think I speak for everyone far too often and probably shouldn't because I don't even know very many people...

    But the important question here is "Can I fuck it? Can it be used to fuck me?"

    As long as the answer is yes, I'm fine with this.

  • Can we just say "No"? Can we just tell Boston Dynamics that no one wants their goddamn robot dog? WTF are we going to do with 1000 of these fucking things? Seriously... just fucking no.

  • ChrisPDX

    Good thing you have zero power or control to stop progress. Your lack of ability to understand the usefulness of these is fascinating.

  • Jenness

    Because that just makes too much sense.

  • ChrisPDX

    It makes zero sense.

  • Munihausen

    Now listen to me very carefully....

  • Jenness

    LOL No shit.

  • Munihausen

    It is fascinating to watch the slow, yet inexorable, progress.

  • Ollie Williams

    I wonder how early into 2019 before we see a headline about a dude who died trying to fuck one of them.

  • Munihausen

    Love Input Error Code 0x80070bc2

  • TheQiwiMan

    And that dude? His name was Albert Einstein.

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