Stuff & Nonsense

Fall of the Machines

Forget the boring new Terminator film, rubbish robots are much more fun

You have to feel sorry for roboticists. While sci-fi’s amazing superhuman androids set unrealistic expectations, they’re slogging away at countless technical challenges using a dizzying array of complex engineering.

Then when they do accomplish something and show it off, afterwards terrible people like me tweet amusing GIFs of their creations trying to…

Play football…

GOAL

Open a door…

Hi honey, I’m home

Walk…

Sober as a judge

Get out of a car…

I’ve got this…

Stand up…

Here boy

Walk on ice…

Or act like a baby

Mama

OK, no one’s laughing at that one. If roboticists want to put a stop to the mockery, they should definitely focus on creepy robot babies.


Bonus videos

More about the DARPA challenge, and here’s a great drunk-robot edit:

The Boston Dynamics robots have come a long way, and won’t seem so funny when they’re one day galloping around the mountains of Afghanistan shooting people:

A wonderful Big Dog spoof:

The animatronic baby was developed for use in an unnamed TV series: