Ever since Massachusetts-based robotics company Boston Dynamics revealed its extremely lifelike efforts around 10 years ago, people have been fascinated.
Some people tend toward terrified while others are too busy clapping to wonder whether or not they should be, but across the board, we just can’t get enough of the videos showcasing what these robots are capable of.
In the years since their reveal, Boston Dynamics has begun leasing out its Spot (the dog) robots, and they’re now being used to patrol oil rigs, assist law enforcement, and help on construction sites.
Now, they’re also working in Boston hospitals, helping doctors and nurses communicate with highly contagious patients. They’re hopeful that soon the robots might be able to assist with taking vitals, as well.
That sounds awesome, but people in Singapore are less sure about the Spot robotic dog being used in their parks to encourage people to keep the appropriate social distance.
The robot dog has been assigned to patrol the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park in Singapore.
“Let’s keep Singapore healthy,” the robot says (yes, says) as it trots by people sitting innocently on a bench. “For your own safety, and those around you, please stand at least one meter apart. Thank you.”
Which is yes, a bit freaky.
People are worried the robot might be collecting personal information on the people it admonishes, but the government denies there’s any truth to that concern.
There’s a plus side, too – the robot doesn’t hassle people of color disproportionately, either.
What are your thoughts? Love it? Hate it? Squick you out?
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