Horrors from the Uncanny Valley

| June 9, 2008

I’ve seen earlier video snippets of the ‘Big Dog’ robot that Boston Dynamics has been working on, but this one is longer, more varied, and more unsettling:

This device looks, sounds, and moves like the unnatural offspring of H. P. Lovecraft’s psyche and the Terminator. At times, you’d swear that two people had been horribly fused, face to face, into the body of a giant, wingless, robotic bee. All told, this video all by itself is creepier and scarier than 90% of the SciFi Channel’s usual Saturday lineup of creature features.

Kind of cool, though. Hat tip to the Register. ..bruce w..

P.S. “Uncanny valley” discussed here.

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Category: Main, Military, Robots, Science, Video, Weird

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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