Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Takes A Spill During Live Demo

June 12, 2019

In other, much more promising robotics news, this is a video of a Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped robot taking a rather unpleasant spill during a live demonstration at Amazon's re:MARS tech conference. It's like it suffered from a sensory overload and went haywire. Thankfully, initiating play dead mode prevented it from leaping into the audience and attacking everyone like it had initially planned. That's a relief. Also, an important lesson. "Which is?" Never sit in the front row, and always have an exit strategy. "Valuable information." PROTIP: smoke bombs and grappling hook.

Keep going for two different angles of the spill.

Thanks again to Nathan P, who informed me he went to Virginia Tech just like I did. Oh man -- the stories we could tell! (I played Counter Strike for five years straight)

  • The_Wretched

    Don't fall for it guys. The new robot masters will pretend to be weak and fail all the time. It's to lull you into a false sense of security.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    "Never sit in front row, and always have an exit strategy."

    Spend a lot of time at Gallagher shows, huh GW?

  • Douchy McDouche

    Breakdance mode activated.

  • Deksam

    My old dog keeled over pretty much the same way.

  • Chaz Gomez

    Whew! Now I don't have to listen to all those articles about the "new AI" taking over mankind...

  • Tom327Cat

    My dog does that all the time.

  • Zan Pyreanor

    Spot is playing dead. That's not a bug, that's a feature.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    They should have put down a flattened cardboard box if they were gonna have Spot "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo"ing all over the place!

  • Bling Nye

    Looks like it developed neurological symptoms, someone should test the head for rabies.

  • abcdefgjklmnopqruvwxyz

    A robot is only as good as its instructions. Blame whoever told it to break a leg.

  • Ivanna Pewpalott

    they do this on purpose to give us a false sense of security

  • Ren

    It just wants its belly scratched

  • GeneralDisorder

    With bullets right?

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    Can't say enough about how your comments make me laugh...thank you! And don't I love it when the robot overlords stumble...

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