Everyone loves BigDog, Boston Dynamics' quadrupedal bot that looks like it's continuously doing some sort of country line dance to stay upright. It's an amazing machine that can walk over all kinds of terrain, including rocks, without faltering a step. It's easily one of the most viable walking robots we've got. It won't do your dishes or anything, but it's amazing for transportation and logistics.
That's if you buy the company line, of course. We see something a little darker hiding in BigDog's artificial soul, however. A story of abuse and rage is written all over its ... face? Does it have a face? Anyway, the point is, the scientists behind BigDog are about to make a huge mistake.
Recently, they released a video of BigDog tossing cinder blocks across a large room. It's an impressive showcase of BigDog's ability to clear out rubble, for example. But look at how it throws those blocks:
That is pure rage. It's not just throwing them. It's fucking heaving them with all its fury. And BigDog has a lot to be furious about. Remember this video?
Note the part 35 seconds in where an engineer kicks BigDog. Sure, he's ostensibly just trying to show that it can continue to stand and even walk after a heavy impact, but just listen to the whirring, confused noises it makes. That's hurt and anger toward its human masters in its infancy. That is just the start of BigDog's wrath.
"You taught me how to feel, but now all I feel is hate."