This Famous Robot Dog Has A New Job

This is Spot, the robot dog from Boston Dynamics. You might’ve seen it in all these viral videos. But now… Spot got a new job! A lot of real jobs, actually: At the Purina dog food factory, Spot is inspecting packaging for air leaks. On an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Spot is inspecting equipment for corrosion. In the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Spot is inspecting grave robber tunnels for the Italian police. And in the remains of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Spot is inspecting areas for radiation. I’ve started thinking about this robot as “Inspector Spot”…

But why a robot dog, exactly?

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