Tech & Science Boston Dynamics' robots are the politest 'pets' you'll meet

07:22  13 february  2018
07:22  13 february  2018 Source:   Engadget

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Boston Dynamics , the robotics company recently put up for sale by Google, specializes in making quadruped robots that make Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator seem more cuddly than Barney the dinosaur.

Meet SpotMini, now in more kid-friendly yellow. By Nick Statt@nickstatt Nov 13, 2017, 3:59pm EST. Robot maker Boston Dynamics , now owned by Japanese telecom and tech giant SoftBank, just By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and European users agree to the data transfer policy .

a plane sitting on top of a building © Provided by Engadget We hope you weren't planning on sleeping tonight. Boston Dynamics has posted a video showing that its SpotMini robot can hold the door open for its fellow automatons. If one bot needs a helping hand, it'll signal to another machine nearby that can pry the door open and let it through. It's very polite... and more than a little unsettling, especially since it's not clear they'll extend the same courtesy to humans. At least the robots will have manners when they take over.

If you're a tad more trusting, this is good news. Robots have typically only had limited cooperation with each other, and this hints at more advanced team-ups where robots can supplement each others' abilities and accomplish more than they would by themselves. That could be helpful for search and rescue missions, or any situation where it would be impractical to equip every robot with the same features. It's a positive move -- so long as the robots remain friendly.

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What the average Aussie will spend on Valentine's Day .
Got a spare $136 lying around? Mr Baumann said that while millennials are more likely to celebrate Valentine's Day en masse, it's the baby boomers who tend to flaunt their wealth."That said, when the older generation do entertain on the big day, they do so in style."The average person over 66 will spend $206 on flowers, drinks and dinner on Valentine's Day, while younger couples aged 18 to 25 spend a more conservative $101 on average."Those against rampant consumerism are still likely to buy a bottle of vino to mark the day, although expressions in love might come second to home renovations.

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