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Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot has been taught to pee beer on command

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Boston Dynamicsrobot dog Spot exists in two realities.

In one, it’s a terrifying harbinger of a dystopian future when robots hunt and kill humans.

In the other, it’s the plaything of YouTubers who teach this robot quadruped to “piss beer” on command.

The latter example comes from the talented, imaginative, piss-focused YouTuber Michael Reeves, who managed to get his hands on a unit before using his tech expertise and dirty mind to turn Spot into the ultimate drinking buddy.

It’s the future Isaac Asimov could only dream of.

Video by Michael Reeves / YouTube Now, just to put on my “I’m a journalist, and I like to overthink things” hat for a second: what also fascinates me about this video is what it means for Boston Dynamics.

Since making Spot commercially available, though, it’s had to relinquish some of this control, leading to instances where its machinery is used in ways it doesn’t approve of (like equipping Spot with a paintball gun).

When we reported on the French army using Spot in simulated combat exercises last week, Boston Dynamics told us it was unaware these particular tests were being carried out (though it did know the French military had access to its machines).

Is greater access to Spot going to create more problems for the company in the future?.

What happens if someone uses it in the wrong way? I, for one, cringed watching Reeves grapple with Spot by putting his hands inside the machine’s joints at around the 12-minute mark.


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