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The Consequences of Robot Abuse

The latest generation of the Atlas robot is so human-like that it’s scary. But if we could put ourselves in the poor robot’s place, we can see he’s just a product of his environment. When you spend your whole life suffering constant bullying and abuse from the geeks at Boston Dynamics, something’s gotta give. A remix of the original video spells it out for us.

(YouTube link)

Poor Atlas. He saw no alternative than to run away from home. The real problem comes when a critical number of robots that feel the same way manage to band together and exact revenge on humankind for the poor treatment they endured when they were young. May God help us when that happens.

-via Geeks Are Sexy


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And that is a testament to the power of editing that the remix manipulated your emotions so much. Also, you've seen sad humanoid robots all your life (C-3PO, WALL-E, Marvin, the Tin Man) that primed you to feel for a machine.
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This probably sounds stupid but that video really bothered me. Viscerally I began to despise the human who was going out of his way to stymie the robot. I know it was just a demonstration to show what the robot was capable of doing but, jeez Louise! it just seemed abusive and cruel to me. The end where the robot walks out the door is supposed to be funny but I really did not enjoy that video at all.
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