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"DARPA Dogs": Boston Dynamics Big Dog & SPOTMini

Updated: May 5, 2018

AI & K9

Maybe something we should NOT mix for a fix?

The future is Pandora's Box. MWD's (Military Working Dogs) are a critical aspect of not only elite Special Operation Units, but also Public K-9 Forces. With the development of weaponized robotic "dogs"...

What does this mean for "man's best friend"?

And, what does that mean for (wo)man?

SpotMini is the newest line of Boston Dynamics/DARPA’s creation of four-legged robots. Its predecessor, Spot, is 160lbs compared to SpotMini, at 55lbs. On a single charge, SpotMini will last up to 90 minutes depending on its activities. It is made up of entirely of electronic components. Its counterparts contain hydraulic components. The fact that SpotMini is entirely electronic makes the robot extremely quiet. This is a stealthy, and lethal attribute for Special Operations and other elite units of the Military.

SpotMini contains:

*Depth cameras

*Proprioception sensors for spatial awareness

*Advance biomechanics for agile maneuver ability

*Night vision/ IR Infrared

*Collection of vital data and information

*Customization features for other attachable high-tech equipment

The vertical integration of these technologies allow for SpotMini to easily navigate tough terrain, maneuver up and down steps, avoid obstacles in real-time, and even counterbalance a collision (like being aggressively push kicked from the side as seen in video 2 below "DARPA Big Dog").

***Larger counterparts of the SpotMini have many of the same features, but with a larger and slower frame.

The following two videos are "released" capabilities of the Big Dog robot and the SpotMini created by Boston Dynamics and DARPA. The third video is from the NetFlix original series Black Mirror. This show is absolutely amazing (For your personal information). Their video accurately depicts the "dark side" of the DARPA Dog Technologies.

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Update February 2018

Boston Dynamics released a "breaking video" of SpotMini and one of its counterparts working together to open a door.

Although a simple task and short video, two points standout:

1. Robots are getting smarter and more capable.

2. Their adaptability based off of modifications is easily escalated from this moment and going forward. {Be Aware}

Titled, "Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me A Hand?" and with nearly 10,000,000 views, this video gives you a false sense of safety. We need to be wise as humans to control the total capabilities and ability to machine learn of future robots. This seems great on the surface but is Pandora's Box.

Playing God requires you to think like one... Both mercifully and aware.

Are we prepared for what is to come?

Additional Update February 2018

Boston Dynamics: -

" A test of SpotMini's ability to adjust to disturbances as it opens and walks through a door. A person (not shown) drives the robot up to the door, points the hand at the door handle, then gives the 'GO' command, both at the beginning of the video and again at 42 seconds. The robot proceeds autonomously from these points on, without help from a person. A camera in the hand finds the door handle, cameras on the body determine if the door is open or closed and navigate through the doorway. Software provides locomotion, balance and adjusts behavior when progress gets off track. The ability to tolerate and respond automatically to disturbances like these improves successful operation of the robot. (Note: This testing does not irritate or harm the robot.) " - As stated on Boston Dynamics YouTube Channel 20/02/2018

This shows the SpotMini's ability to stay on task and overcome external stimulus to complete mission objectives. This will be critical in real world tasks, especially in chaotic environments. We remain impressed with the capabilities at Boston Dynamics and similar entities. ( DARPA, DIUx, SOFWERX, Skunk Works, DHS Science and Technology department, and other phantom programs.




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