Every few months, the geniuses at Boston Dynamics debut another one of their terrifying robotic creations that stirs up everyone’s apocalyptic anxieties. The most unsettling of these inventions is easily the SpotMini, a creepily agile robo-dog that quite literally looks like something out of a Black Mirror episode. Nothing makes you realize the human race is not long for this world like seeing a cold, lifeless version of man’s best friend that, thanks to a new attachment, can open fucking doors now. So, with that not-so-comforting thought in mind, here’s a look at what our barren planet may look like overrun by a migrating herd of SpotMinis:
This Planet Earth-inspired short created by 3D artists Nicholas King, Vojislav Milanovic, Ramtin Ahmadi, and Nawaz Ahmed depicts a herd of new “apex predators” roaming mindlessly around the desolate badlands that was once our vibrant world. At some point in this imagined future, these little robot doggos transformed the Earth’s biosphere into an uninhabitable desert marred by frequent dust storms. Now, without humans around to poke them with hockey sticks, the SpotMinis’ only adversary is the occasional tornado.
If you’re the type that likes to see how the sausage gets made, King shared a bit of his 3D modeling process on his Instagram:
As fun as this short little video is, the thought that our entire species will be outlived by a bunch of dumb, headless science-fair projects is not a comforting one. But it’s nice to know that, even after the apocalypse, seeing these things gets knocked over is still a hoot.
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