The convergence of AI, Robotics and Human (for now) imagination has inexorably been leading us to the day when the worlds of hit science fiction movies and mundane reality will be completely indistinguishable.

Well, thanks to the latest iteration of Boston Dynamics dog-like robot buddy, Spot Mini, that day has come quite a bit closer. has the scarifying deets:

We knew this day would come sooner or later. Like the cloned velociraptors before it, Boston Dynamics’ newly redesigned Spot Mini has figured out how to open doors — with either its arm or face, depending on how you look at it.

The team behind the Big Dog proves that it’s still the master of viral robotic marketing, even after switching teams from Google to SoftBank. Three months after debuting a more streamlined version of its electronic Spot Mini, the company’s got another teaser, wherein one robot equipped with a head-mounted arm makes (relatively) quick work of a door….


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