July 6, 2022


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Thai uni's creepy 'robo-dogs' deliver a dystopian 'Black Mirror' future to life

For these of you who get pleasure from watching super-dark content material in your favourite streaming platforms, you are greater than more likely to be aware of a sure robotic canine ‘affectionately’ generally known as Metalhead from Netflix’s Black Mirror.

Do not you simply shudder on the sight of this factor? IMAGE: Black Mirror / Twitter

It is not a sight for sore eyes, neither is it one thing you’d wish to see in your stroll again dwelling. Removed from it.

Thailand’s Chiang Mai College has gone and performed one thing that we by no means wished to see – they’ve launched their very own model of Metalhead onto the college campus. And these ‘canine’ look simply as creepy as you’d think about them to be.

Not so pleasant trying.

In a video posted on Fb, Chiang Mai College’s Robotics Engineering and AI college showcased their 4 robotic doggies taking part in round in a campus discipline, displaying their obvious life-like dexterity, as ‘regular’ canine would.

When it comes to technological innovation, there’s loads to be pleased with right here. Whereas we will not confirm whether or not these machines got here from famed engineering and AI agency Boston Dynamics, we will definitely see a resemblance. Maybe the school acquired an enormous sum of cash and spent it on their very own ‘Spots’.

But when you have not seen that dreaded episode of Black Mirror, you are in all probability questioning why a creepy dog-like robotic is even a factor. For one, their small dimension may very well be very helpful in finding survivors in a catastrophe scenario, or they may even be used to move numerous masses throughout lengthy distances and harsh terrain.

Think about being alone on campus and coming throughout these little guys. IMAGE: Robotics Engineering and AI, Chiang Mai College / Fb

It is principally the extra ‘humane’ alternative versus utilizing stay animals for the job.

Regardless of the multitude of real-world functions, let’s simply say the folks reacting to the video of Chiang Mai College’s canine do not actually have many good issues to say. However are you able to blame them?

“If you cannot eat it, it is not thought of a canine,” quipped one Fb person.

Others made references to the college’s late mascot, a canine known as Pi Tia. She handed away final yr.

“Pi Tia T-800,” stated one Fb person, with one other one calling the canine ‘Tiaminator’ – once more a humorous reference to the late canine mascot of the school.

Click on right here to maintain up with Chiang Mai College’s Robotics Engineering and AI college on Fb.

What would you do should you noticed these robotic canine strolling round your campus or workplace house?

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Cowl picture sourced from Black Mirror / Twitter and Robotics Engineering and AI, Chiang Mai College / Fb.