On February 24, Boston Dynamics, owned by Google, published a video test of the new robot Atlas. For two days, the video received more than 9 million views on YouTube.
— Randy Olson (@randal_olson) February 24, 2016
Seriously, if Terminator becomes real it is all to blame on Boston Dynamics. Stop kicking robots!
— Chris Heilmann (@codepo8) February 26, 2016
We treat our robots w/ love at @NASAJPL, so hope they take our side in the robot uprising.
— Bobak 'NASA' Ferdowsi (@tweetsoutloud) February 24, 2016
— Fallout (@Fallout) February 24, 2016
— Deus Ex (@DeusEx) February 24, 2016
— Gadgette (@Gadgette) February 25, 2016
As part of their tests, Boston Dynamics employees often kick robots to test their ability to balance in unpredictable situations.
However, the reaction of the public to the tests of Atlas was not the same as it was in relation to previous videos. A two-legged, upright robot reminded users of the human network, so many commentators began viewing the device as a living being.
Boston Dynamics последним видео могут спровоцировать появление целой религии великомученников среди роботов. pic.twitter.com/qVjQFRZ22n
— Сингульнарность (@earthnaut) February 26, 2016
On the Boston Dynamics robot:
"I felt bad for it when it was getting pushed around."
"I felt it was going to remember…"
— Sam Altman (@sama) February 24, 2016
“Suffering” Atlas mounted under the sad music, imagining that for robots of the future he would one day become a great martyr.
Bloggers noted that in the case of a car revolt, Boston Dynamics employees will be the first to die.
When the robot takeover comes, I do not want to be the Boston Dynamics guys caught on video bullying their ancestors …
Bloggers mixed footage from the films of James Cameron with fragments of video Boston Dynamics, drawing a picture of a gloomy future.
A member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA said that in his agency with robots are treated carefully, so in the war of the future their machines are likely to stand on the side of people.
In recent years, robots Boston Dynamics are attracting more attention of network users. In the coming spring, one of them will play a small “role” in the series “Silicon Valley”.