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CrazyEyeJoe  ·  328 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Meet Handle, Boston Dynamics newest oh-god-what-is-that-argh-my-face

Much less terrifying than the Mule, since its movements have far less of the jerky horror of that foul beast.

However, it's still a bit creepy. Other than that, this is an incredible display of robotics, I'm very impressed!

user-inactivated  ·  328 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Why do you think it's creepy?

CrazyEyeJoe  ·  328 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The movements still have a bit of the unnaural characteristics from the Mule. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't seen the Mule before, though.

For the record, I'm talking about this (which it turns out is actually called BigDog):

user-inactivated  ·  328 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Does that feel unnerving to you? I haven't noticed anything abnormal about it. It doesn't trigger anything like the Uncanny Valley for me. A robot is a robot.

CrazyEyeJoe  ·  328 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Absolutely. Those legs look like something out of an 80s horror movie, with the jerky movements of a stop-motion special effect. Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen anything deeper into the uncanny valley than that unholy abomination. The first time I saw it, I started imagining it walking towards me and accidentally ripping off one of my limbs or something.

I am however still impressed by the technology.

user-inactivated  ·  328 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Interesting. Are you sure it's the Uncanny Valley and not your preconception of an Evil Robot Out There to Murder You?

CrazyEyeJoe  ·  327 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Who knows, really, but I don't walk around with fantasies of murderous robots, so I'm siding with the Uncanny Valley theory.

user-inactivated  ·  327 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And yet here you are, fantasizing about a robot being murderous when there's no indication for it whatsoever.