Boston Dynamics’ robot dog is good enough to show how terrible home robots are right now

I’m always amazed by Boston Dynamics. One anecdote I like to share about the company is how the next generation Atlas has 3D printed limbs, with embedded “veins” in the structure to route its hydraulics, which keeps the robot strong while making it vastly lighter and in some sense simpler than the original Atlas. That’s just some impressive engineering work on all levels.

Of course, while Boston Dynamics is pretty much at the state of the art when it comes to humanoids, it’s probably best known for its terrifying line of dog-inspired, gas-powered robots like BigDog and AlphaDog. It’s also famous for kicking those robotic animals, in an amazing technical display of realtime balance on the part of the robot, and an amazing level of…

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