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Boston Dynamics' robodogs bring us one step closer to Black Mirror

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Feb 13, 2018

Remember "Metalhead," the black-and-white episode of Black Mirror in which a woman named Bella (Maxine Peake) gets hunted down by a pack of unceasing and relentless robotic "dogs"? Well, we may be one step closer to that unsettling dystopian future, thanks to these recent developments in tech by Boston Dynamics.

The engineering and robotics design company, which has been in existence since 1992 and was acquired by Google in 2013, has made considerable strides in the realm of robotics, but it's their SpotMini "robodogs" that are proving to be the most unsettlingly like their fictional Black Mirror counterparts.

In addition to performing those time-consuming, laborious tasks like loading the dishwasher, the SpotMini appears to have graduated to the point of being able to open doors. Check out this new clip from Boston Dynamics where one SpotMini helpfully assists another in getting through an unexpected obstacle.

Although these SpotMinis haven't quite evolved to the degree that we have to worry about them wielding knife-limbs and chasing us up and down a desolate landscape, watching them move in much the same way as those "dogs" in "Metalhead" is... well, more than a little unsettling.