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Oscar Wildcat - 2016-03-17

Good news on the robopocalypse front: Boston Dynamics, having been stripped of it's researchers by the borg collective Google, is now on the public auction block! You can own, for what will likely go for a song, the patents to the Big Dog rapebot. For some mysterious reason Google didn't see a lot of future in it. Here you can profit from their lack of foresight into our glorious robotic rape dog future!

Old_Zircon - 2016-03-17

But can you own the prototype? That's what I'm after.

Oscar Wildcat - 2016-03-18

Usually that kind of stuff ends up at auction or in the dumpster. More likely the latter, as it's salvage.

Lurchi - 2016-03-17

videos stopped playing in Firefox...this is a recent development

Old_Zircon - 2016-03-17

I don't even get the embedded player at all as of this morning (also in Firefox).

glasseye - 2016-03-18

Works fine for me, firefox + adbock plus

betabox - 2016-03-18

Firefox is playing the HELL out of videos for me.

Lurchi - 2016-03-20

works now, after NoScript released an update

Old_Zircon - 2016-03-17

It's kind of sneaky how they give you the weight of the car rather than the actual force those robots actually need to exert to move it (which would be a much less impressive and grantworthy sounding number).

Old_Zircon - 2016-03-17

In fact, it's kind of a tidy, self contained little object lesson in how grant based funding (I assume this video was made at least partially for grant proposal use) can subvert scientific objectivity.

memedumpster - 2016-03-17

Responding to this is the most futile thing I have ever done, and I already hate myself for doing it. Seriously, I am so fucking pissed at even bothering to look this up...

From the link in the video to the research this is a test of.

"We present a simple statistical model to predict the maximum pulling force available from robot teams. The expected performance is a function of interactions between each robot and the ground (e.g., whether running or walking). We confirm the model with experiments involving impulsive bristlebots, small walking and running hexapods, and ;text{g}; upmu$Tug that employ adhesion instead of friction. With attention to load sharing, each $upmu$Tug can operate at its individual limit so that a team of six pulls with forces exceeding 200 N."

kingarthur - 2016-03-18

Cut to the part where I wake up screaming as they're pulling me limb from limb.

Oscar Wildcat - 2016-03-18

200 N would be more of a pleasurable stretch than a medieval rending of flesh. I welcome these little pleasurebots and their slow and steady ways.

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