You can control an armed Spot robot online, and Boston Dynamics is not happy
Boston Dynamics’ line of robots have in turn wowed us with their stunts and fueled our nightmares (thanks in large part to this Black Mirror episode). Now, an artistic startup has finally stepped forward and combined the light and dark sides of the company’s robotic dog, Spot, into a chaotic online event.
Starting at 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, random visitors to a website will be able to control a Spot robot equipped with a paintball gun as it searches a purpose-built art gallery.
Spot Rampage is the latest effort from MSCHF Product Studio, which is the same equipment as and sell a who blocks his microphone.
To participate, you will need to download the MSCHF app and visit the Spot’s Rampage website where the chaos will be televised live. Every two minutes, Spot control through the app will be transmitted to a random viewer on the website.
Based on a read of the MSCHF manifesto on the site, the whole stunt seems to be, at least in part, playing out some of those robot-based nightmares that we all have.
“Spot is an empathetic missile, shaped like man’s best friend and targeted directly at our fight or flight instinct. Little Spot and knows: this thing will definitely be used by the police and the military to murder people, ”MSCHF says.
MSCHF said it discussed the project with Boston Dynamics and that the creators of Spot hated the idea. Boston Dynamics recently confirmed this sentiment on Twitter, writing:
“We condemn the portrayal of our technology in any way that promotes violence, prejudice or intimidation … Provocative art can help promote meaningful dialogue about the role of technology in our daily lives. This art, however, fundamentally distorts Spot and how it is to be used for the benefit of our daily lives. ”
You can see for yourself what Spot’s role is when he’s at the center of viral content not created by its creators.
The painting will fly in line at Spotsrampage.com.