Merry Christmas: The Boston Dynamics dog has learned how to be Solid Snake

Hyundai-owned Boston Dynamics released a Christmas video featuring its dog-shaped robot Spot, and it turned out as creepy as ever. The video, posted on Twitter, it starts off innocent enough – there’s a great gift of the kind anyone would be happy to see under their tree, sitting in a patio. Then the gift stands up and leaves the screen, something like Metal Gear’s Solid snake moving through a jungle disguised as cardboard box stalk a private military contractor.

While the video ends with a “Happy Holidays” greeting, it may not be as moving as it should be. It’s hard to walk away from that without feeling like Spot is going on a mission to terrify a kid or play a prank on someone who thought he was about to get something really cool for Christmas.

Unlike the dance videos (which themselves are a terrifying display of how robots could definitely steal my girl by being smoother and more coordinated), this video really leans on the spooky militaristic undertones of Boston Dynamic’s robots. I mean, the meme hidden under a box is from Metal gear franchise, which bills itself as “tactical spy action” and has plot points about sinister AI.

In real life, people have seen robots in military tests and working for the NYPD. (Although the NYPD contract was canceled after almost everyone said, “Wait, should Do the police have a robot dog? “)

What I’m saying is that this video probably won’t win Spot any friends and it’s not putting me in the holiday spirit. Above all, it makes me feel resigned that this is life now: a robot could be hiding under my tree, waiting to ambush me and ruining all the excitement I felt for The Great Present.

Fortunately, we probably won’t have to start checking under each box for a robot like people in the American Southwest check their shoes for scorpions. The Spot sensors aren’t likely to do you much good through a cardboard barrier, and you’ll have a hard time sending a video signal to your remote. Of course, someone close to you could visually control it to follow you, but if someone is willing to do that, you probably have bigger concerns than picking up a box and listening to the “!” Dream.

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