Get excited robot junkies and futurists, this video out of Boston Dynamics showcases a new four-legged transport “dog” designed for the military. Surprisingly enough, the most illuminating part of it isn’t the technology itself – which is pretty amazing – but people’s reactions at the :35 and 1:27 marks.
Go ahead and watch.
Now did you feel yourself cringe at those parts? Did you feel even the slightest pang of feeling for the thing? That, my friends, is empathy. Empathy towards a real-life robot. Now what does that tell you?