Boston Dynamics’ robodog hit the streets with the NYPD and people aren’t happy
Black Mirror, anyone?
Now, a new video on Twitter shows the NYPD using Spot on patrol and, rightfully so, people are pretty uneasy about the whole thing. In the video, you can see police escorting out a person in handcuffs, and then moments later, more police come out with Spot taking the lead.
Spot and company head in a different direction, but as others have pointed out, it’s hard to deny the Black Mirror feel of everything. Some of the comments in the Twitter thread include people stating they wished their tax money didn’t go to the police, and others noted how threatening the whole event felt.
Futurism notes that Boston Dynamics is trying to quietly distance itself from military and police use, even though it is still obviously fine with selling the robots to them. The outlet also notes that the company’s terms of service “forbid the robot dog from being used to ‘to harm or intimidate any person or animal, as a weapon, or to enable any weapon.'”
Not really sure how that lines up with prancing your robot around the general public, but here we are.
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