Boston Dynamics To Produce 1,000 Robot Dogs Per Year By Mid-2019

The robot uprising is right on schedule as a new report by Inverse suggests that Boston Dynamics’ terrifying robot dogs will launch into series production by the second half of 2019, producing more than 1,000 of its compact SpotMini models annually.

SpotMini is Boston Dynamics’ quadrupedal robotic dog. If you have watched the dystopian sci-fi series Black Mirror episode “Metalhead,” where a knife-wielding robotic dog runs around killing people, then the company’s latest creation should be frightening for all of humanity.

“Metalhead” is the fifth episode of the fourth series of anthology series Black Mirror. (Source: YouTube) 

It measures two feet, nine inches tall and weighs “66 pounds,” with approximately 1.5 hours of battery life. Boston Dynamics recently released videos showing the robotic dog performing all kinds of functionalities like opening doors and increasingly complicated navigational capabilities.

While the company previously announced plans to mass produce SpotMini in 2019 with a limited run already in pre-production, Inverse’s report reveals new details about the production and how the robotic dog is intended to become a multi-use platform:

“Boston Dynamics has plans to take its robotic helpers mainstream next year: By July 2019, it will be on pace to produce 1,000 SpotMini robots annually.”

“The overarching goal for the 26-year-old company is to become the what Android operating system is for phones: a versatile foundation for limitless applications. That’s the plan, anyway.”

…”Speaking last month at the CeBIT computer expo in Hannover, Germany, Marc Raibert [founder], 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,” Raibert said of SpotMini, a prototype of which sat on the CeBIT stage near his feet.

Marc Raibert reveals new information about SpotMini’s production schedule at CeBIT computer expo Hannover, Germany, last month. (Source: YouTube) 

The broader goal, as reported by Inverse, is to produce a flexible platform for a variety of applications. According to Raibert, SpotMini is currently being tested for use in construction, delivery, security, and home assistance applications.

SpotMini delivers a package to the home of a Boston Dynamics employee in a demonstration of what it might soon happen all the time. (Source: Inverse) 

“Of the four areas where SpotMini could become a player, delivery seems to be the one where it has the most competition. Drone delivery efforts — Amazon’s Prime Air Service among them — would use large quad-copters to deliver packages, but they still faces regulatory hurdles (though some are hopeful they’ll be delivering soon. A walking delivery drone wouldn’t have to deal with no-fly zones or line-of-sight stipulations like quadcopters,” said Inverse.

Videos like this one received a lot of attention, but critics of Boston Dynamics said when it was put up for sale by Google that the bots were more style that substance. (Source: Inverse) 

Although Boston Dynamics would preferably deliver these robots to the military, it seems as the company could become a household name by the mid-2020s. Why? Well, the company is expecting to explore various rollout options for the senior care industry, as the demographic time bomb of baby boomers is set to explode across the United States in the next decade.

At a Softbank expo in Tokyo in 2017, Raibert showed off a model equipped with a camera.

Inverse also theorized that the SpotMini could find use in senior care, which tends to be so expensive that robots could be cost-effective:

“In Japan, the elderly are preparing for robots to care for them, and face a predicted “shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025,” reports The Guardian.

Because Spot Mini is just under three feet tall, it’s objectively less-scary and might even appear cute if it were to take care of your aging grandmother — fetching drinks and medicine and opening doors for her.”

With mass production of SpotMini just around the corner, it seems as the company could provide a cost-effective option in dealing with the demographic timebomb in developed countries. The company can also disrupt other industries such as construction, delivery, and security. Nevertheless, the Black Mirror episode titled “Metalhead” provides a dystopian prediction of how these robots could eventually start killing humans.

Comments

Cognitive Dissonance Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:56 Permalink

This won't end well. How can no one see this?

At what point will the population recognize they have been rendered powerless? I suspect precisely when it won't make any difference that they have.

Moving and Grooving Oldguy05 Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:51 Permalink

Go to BD's website. They make several other models, including the Spot, the bigger, faster, stronger, much scarier version of the Spot-Mini. There's one with front legs and rear wheels and the humanoid Atlas. 

 

This is one company of many doing this. You can bet there are some terrifying military / security bots already being developed worldwide.

 

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TruthWhetherYo… Cognitive Dissonance Fri, 07/27/2018 - 03:31 Permalink

There are at least 6 existential threats to all human life:  1. nuclear weapons, 2. Artificial Intelligence, 3. biological weapons, 4. anti-biotic resistance, 5. climate change, and 6. Satanism.  All but one of these threats are patently obvious threats to anyone with average intelligence or above.    That is Artificial Intelligence.    Why do I say this?    Because much of humanity is ignorant and naive about the extreme existential threat that AI poses to humanity.      AI is an existential threat to humanity that will be presented to humanity by the corporations as a savior, a "beneficial progress of humanity" that will "cure diseases" and help "eradicate poverty" and "make life more pleasant, easier, and more convenient."    Yet another of these diabolical ruses and deceptions foisted on humans by the corporations and global Elites who will make hundreds of billions of dollars from humankind while, simultaneously, planning for their extinction via the very technology to which humankind has become addicted.   Most people have no idea about how extremely serious this is.   As humans clamor for all this technology, we are, literally, becoming addicted to the very phenomenon that will make us extinct, and it is guaranteed that the corporations will ensure their hired propaganda hawks in the mainstream media will attempt to tell humankind that it is yet another "conspiracy theory" for people to think that they will be replaced by AI and robots.      Some have sight, but cannot "see" the truth.

 

VIDEOS ARE BELOW THE QUOTES.

“I think the full development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…I fear that AI may replace humans altogether…It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate.   Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”  Stephen Hawking

“Computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence, and exceed it…Success in creating effective AI, could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. Or the worst. We just don't know. So we cannot know if we will be infinitely helped by AI, or ignored by it and side-lined, or conceivably destroyed by it.”  Stephen Hawking

“AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization. It brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many. It could bring great disruption to our economy.” Stephen Hawking

“Artificial Intelligence is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization and I don’t think people fully appreciate that.” Elon Musk, 2017, National Governor’s Association

“We should be very careful about artificial intelligence. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and it’s like yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon. Doesn’t work out.”  Elon Musk

 “One of the things that worries me the most about the development of Artificial Intelligent at this point is that we seem unable to marshal the appropriate emotional response to the dangers that lie ahead.” Sam Harris at TEDTalks in 2016

The Perfect Human Being: Nick Bostrom on Superintelligence

2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnGZymQP-Q8

 

3 geminoids and their human counterparts

Geminoid Summit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J71XWkh80nc

Can we build AI without losing control over it? Sam Harris at TEDTalks

2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nt3edWLgIg

Nick Bostrom on Artificial Intelligence: “We are like children playing with a bomb”

Sentient machines are a greater threat to humanity than climate change, according to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom

2016

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/12/nick-bostrom-artificial-intelligence-machine

 

The Most Realistic Robots

March 2018:  Includes Robot, Sophia, who became the first robot citizen of Saudi Arabia in 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSOLAK33W04

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? Nick Bostrom, author of Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnT1xgZgkpk

The Real Reason to be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence | Peter Haas TEDxDirigo

December 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRzBk_KuIaM

SCARIEST Things Said By AI Robots

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vorXz2DHEg

 

Professor Nick Bostrom:  Artificial Intelligence Will Be the Greatest Revolution in History, 2017

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=nick++bostrom&view=detail&mid=BD50A0ED0ED9607BA3A1BD50A0ED0ED9607BA3A1&FORM=VIRE

Will we be wiped out by machine overlords? Maybe we need a game plan now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SDGHZ-FjSI

 

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LetThemEatRand Thu, 07/26/2018 - 22:04 Permalink

Give it orange paint and crazy hair and people here will love it, and people over there will hate it. And everyone will fight to the death about who is right while the owners laugh.

Karaio Thu, 07/26/2018 - 22:18 Permalink

Tenho um Fusca (Volkswagen) 1974 que faz 13 quilômetros por litro de gasolina.

Essas porcarias eletrônicas precisam de energia...

Não aguentam fogo...

Poucas aguentam água...

Não tenho medo dessas merdas, podem crer!