Boston Dynamics shows off AlphaDog

Good grief. This things makes Big Dog look like a toy.

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In search of a robot more like us


John Markoff, writing in the Times, about the struggle to teach robots to perform tasks that are simple for humans. Here’s what I wonder: If/when robots achieve intelligence equal to or greater than our own, will they even want to be like us? Will they be astonished at how much time and effort we put into trying to create a mechanical version of ourselves? My sense is the robots will not be overly impressed with humans, and might have little interest in being like us.