The robot featured in the video looks similar to the one that was released by Boston Dynamics, however, it is unclear if they are the ones who manufactured it. Similar versions of robot dogs have already been put into action by municipalities across the United States, however, none of them were equipped with anything close to automatic weapons.
In the video, the updated robodog can be seen aiming at targets autonomously and firing its rear-mounted machine gun. Recoil from the weapon knocks the small robot backward, but it is able to self-correct itself and readjust to the target.
No way else to put it – this is straight nightmare fuel. And several Twitter users agreed, with an overwhelming number voicing their concerns after viewing the video. Both sides seem to be in agreement – “this needs to be illegal as of yesterday,” many opined.
Those funny-looking robodogs – not so cute anymore, eh?
All the people who laughed off the “worrywarts” years ago for freaking out about the Funny Dancing Robot Dogs ™ should be forced to watch this video once a day for the remainder of the year. pic.twitter.com/WBIrlGah3w
— Sean Chiplock (@sonicmega) July 20, 2022