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    Maybe these are the Droids you are looking for

    Forget Star Wars, this is real. Boston Dynamics has been posting videos of their robots for years, each one more elaborate and even a bit scary at times when you consider the mechanics and processing power required to make these things work. This one, however, is pure fun and yet jaw dropping at the same time.

    https://youtu.be/fn3KWM1kuAw

    Section 15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 15 View Post
    Forget Star Wars, this is real. Boston Dynamics has been posting videos of their robots for years, each one more elaborate and even a bit scary at times when you consider the mechanics and processing power required to make these things work. This one, however, is pure fun and yet jaw dropping at the same time.

    https://youtu.be/fn3KWM1kuAw

    Section 15
    I’m suddenly very scared for 2021.

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    Can Skynet be far behind?

    -jk

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    Can they dunk?

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    With that song, it's like a robotic Dirty Dancing. Nobody puts BB-8 in a corner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 15 View Post
    Forget Star Wars, this is real. Boston Dynamics has been posting videos of their robots for years, each one more elaborate and even a bit scary at times when you consider the mechanics and processing power required to make these things work. This one, however, is pure fun and yet jaw dropping at the same time.

    https://youtu.be/fn3KWM1kuAw

    Section 15
    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    Can Skynet be far behind?

    -jk
    Very cool. And very scary.
    Ozzie, your paradigm of optimism!

    Go To Hell carolina, Go To Hell!
    9F 9F 9F
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    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    Can Skynet be far behind?

    -jk
    How would you like to be hockey stick man once skynet goes online?

    https://youtu.be/NR32ULxbjYc?t=122

    I mean payback time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 15 View Post
    How would you like to be hockey stick man once skynet goes online?

    https://youtu.be/NR32ULxbjYc?t=122

    I mean payback time!
    Ozzie, your paradigm of optimism!

    Go To Hell carolina, Go To Hell!
    9F 9F 9F
    http://www.EGLEW.com


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    I remember dancing to that song.


    I don't remember dancing that well.

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    “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.”

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    Could this possibly be in the running for "most expensive music video ever made"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acymetric View Post
    Could this possibly be in the running for "most expensive music video ever made"?
    If they had to buy those droids, perhaps. They didn't even have to lease them. Just some payroll...

    But, yeah.

    -jk

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    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    If they had to buy those droids, perhaps. They didn't even have to lease them. Just some payroll...

    -jk
    By the usual standards for determining "most expensive music video" in this case it would be the cost to develop the droids and then set up the dance moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acymetric View Post
    By the usual standards for determining "most expensive music video" in this case it would be the cost to develop the droids and then set up the dance moves.
    If that's the standard, it may well be!

    Unless using film of an Apollo launch counts. Or a nuclear bomb over Japan. Or... Where does that line get drawn?

    -jk

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    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    If that's the standard, it may well be!

    Unless using film of an Apollo launch counts. Or a nuclear bomb over Japan. Or... Where does that line get drawn?

    -jk
    No idea. I recall several of the "most expensive music video" examples used the dollar value of the cars involved (despite the fact that the cars weren't actually purchased for the video). Presumably they didn't also count the cost of every building or road that was included in the video, so...is there a line that can be sussed out from that? Or maybe its all just done arbitrarily whenever someone wants to make a "most expensive" claim, I guess.

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    I know all about THE SINGULARITY and all that and I sure don't want the descendants of these robots arguing for their second-amendment rights. But this is some of the best three minutes around in a time and place where great three-minutes are in great need. Kudos to the folks who put this together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 15 View Post
    Forget Star Wars, this is real. Boston Dynamics has been posting videos of their robots for years, each one more elaborate and even a bit scary at times when you consider the mechanics and processing power required to make these things work. This one, however, is pure fun and yet jaw dropping at the same time.

    https://youtu.be/fn3KWM1kuAw

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    It's not the processing power that is impressive. It's the control systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLPOG View Post
    It's not the processing power that is impressive. It's the control systems.
    I haven't kept up to date with robotics, so maybe this wasn't anything remotely new, but I was impressed/surprised by the execution of the jumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acymetric View Post
    I haven't kept up to date with robotics, so maybe this wasn't anything remotely new, but I was impressed/surprised by the execution of the jumps.
    This video showed much better controls than anything I've seen before. I was amazed by the videos of resistance to toppling (via kick/push) a few years ago, and this stuff is far, far beyond that. Really incredible.

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