Enjoy this sneak preview of our barren Earth, overrun by chittering Boston Dynamics robo-dogs

Every few months, the geniuses at Boston Dynamics debut another one of their terrifying robotic creations that stirs up everyone’s apocalyptic anxieties. The most unsettling of these inventions is easily the SpotMini, a creepily agile robo-dog that quite literally looks like something out of a Black Mirror episode.…

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Every few months, the geniuses at Boston Dynamics debut another one of their terrifying robotic creations that stirs up everyone’s apocalyptic anxieties. The most unsettling of these inventions is easily the SpotMini, a creepily agile robo-dog that quite literally looks like something out of a Black Mirror episode.…

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‘Black Mirror’ Robodogs Now Closer to Reality – New Robodogs Can Open Doors

If there was just one thing that freaked you out in all of Season 4 of “Black Mirror” it was probably the horrifying robotic “dogs” that hunted down humans living in a futuristic wasteland in “Metalhead.”

Now you have reason to be afraid of such tech in real life. The android creatures that the fictional attack animals are based on can now open unlocked doors.

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robodog has gone from being able to help load a dishwasher to figuring out how to exit a room. Yes, this isn’t quiet as big a threat as the dogs in Metalhead, who tracked Bella (Maxine Peake) in a very intense all-black-and-white episode of Charlie Brooker’s tech-obsessed anthology series. But it’s still pretty freaky.

Brooker plays on our fears about where tech can take us if we let it get out of hand, and seeing as the clips showing off the robodogs’ mad skills were what sparked his idea for “Metalhead,” well we just hope they don’t figure out how to unlock doors.

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“I wanted to do a story where there was almost no dialogue,” Brooker told Entertainment Weekly in December. “And with those videos, there’s something very creepy watching them where they get knocked over, and they look sort of pathetic laying there, but then they slowly manage to get back up.”

Watch the video of the robodogs newfound skill above. And, uh, best of luck to you after the collapse of human society.

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If there was just one thing that freaked you out in all of Season 4 of “Black Mirror” it was probably the horrifying robotic “dogs” that hunted down humans living in a futuristic wasteland in “Metalhead.”

Now you have reason to be afraid of such tech in real life. The android creatures that the fictional attack animals are based on can now open unlocked doors.

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robodog has gone from being able to help load a dishwasher to figuring out how to exit a room. Yes, this isn’t quiet as big a threat as the dogs in Metalhead, who tracked Bella (Maxine Peake) in a very intense all-black-and-white episode of Charlie Brooker’s tech-obsessed anthology series. But it’s still pretty freaky.

Brooker plays on our fears about where tech can take us if we let it get out of hand, and seeing as the clips showing off the robodogs’ mad skills were what sparked his idea for “Metalhead,” well we just hope they don’t figure out how to unlock doors.

“I wanted to do a story where there was almost no dialogue,” Brooker told Entertainment Weekly in December. “And with those videos, there’s something very creepy watching them where they get knocked over, and they look sort of pathetic laying there, but then they slowly manage to get back up.”

Watch the video of the robodogs newfound skill above. And, uh, best of luck to you after the collapse of human society.

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Here’s a teaser trailer for a motherfucking robot dog

The time has come for some new motherfucking robot dogs! Boston Dynamics has previously dazzled and terrified the feeble, fleshy human populace with their stunningly agile humanoid worker replacement robots and lifelike dogs, one of which memorably got the shit kicked out of it on Silicon Valley. They’re capable of…

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The time has come for some new motherfucking robot dogs! Boston Dynamics has previously dazzled and terrified the feeble, fleshy human populace with their stunningly agile humanoid worker replacement robots and lifelike dogs, one of which memorably got the shit kicked out of it on Silicon Valley. They’re capable of…

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Within Launches Original Virtual Reality Series ‘The Possible’

Virtual reality firm Within has released the first episode in a five-part original series titled “The Possible,” which provides viewers with a 360-degree perspective into some of the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs.

The series, Within’s first attempt at producing original content, is available on Within’s app and watchable via a smartphone VR setup like Samsung’s Gear VR. Veteran filmmaker David Gelb, who helmed the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and created Emmy-nominated Netflix series “Chef’s Table,” is directing the series, which aims to bring VR into a serialized format similar to a TV show and build a dedicated audience. June Cohen is the executive producer.

The first episode of “The Possible,” titled “Hello, Robot,” provides an inside look into the lab of Boston Dynamics, a robotics design firm owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc. It is available on Within’s app as of 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET on Thursday. The final episode will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April.

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GE is providing financial backing to the series and has also created a companion VR film appended to the end of each episode. Mashable, the series’ presenting partner, will create two of its own video series tied to specific themes in “The Possible” in addition to a larger VR world to accompany its launch. Here Be Dragons is the production company behind “The Possible” and the Sloan Foundation is providing financial support for the computer-generated animation sued in the series.

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Virtual reality firm Within has released the first episode in a five-part original series titled “The Possible,” which provides viewers with a 360-degree perspective into some of the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs.

The series, Within’s first attempt at producing original content, is available on Within’s app and watchable via a smartphone VR setup like Samsung’s Gear VR. Veteran filmmaker David Gelb, who helmed the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and created Emmy-nominated Netflix series “Chef’s Table,” is directing the series, which aims to bring VR into a serialized format similar to a TV show and build a dedicated audience. June Cohen is the executive producer.

The first episode of “The Possible,” titled “Hello, Robot,” provides an inside look into the lab of Boston Dynamics, a robotics design firm owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc. It is available on Within’s app as of 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET on Thursday. The final episode will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April.

GE is providing financial backing to the series and has also created a companion VR film appended to the end of each episode. Mashable, the series’ presenting partner, will create two of its own video series tied to specific themes in “The Possible” in addition to a larger VR world to accompany its launch. Here Be Dragons is the production company behind “The Possible” and the Sloan Foundation is providing financial support for the computer-generated animation sued in the series.

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