Watch Boston Dynamics' robot shake off an aggressive human

Enlarge ImageSpotMini gets a hockey stick on its

When that didn't work, he holds the door against the robot to prevent it from successfully pulling it open.

This is the moment a robotic dog used brute strength to overcome a human's attempts to stop him escaping from a laboratory room.

Last week the world got creeped out by the Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot-dog opening a door all by itself.

A newly released video shows SpotMini approaching the door as before, but this time it's joined by a pesky human with an ice hockey stick. The robot shakes off the disturbances, but they get worse from there. SpotMini lurches back forcefully enough that some part falls off of it.


In the video below, spotted by TechCrunch, you'll see a Spot Mini being remotely piloted by an off-camera human and then given the "Go" command to open the door. Even physically holding the door fails with the employee eventually resorting to a rope attached to the back of the robot.

The Spot Mini continues in its assigned task in the face of escalating abuse, suggesting that we might not want to try the patience of our future robot overlords too much. The robot, no longer fighting off the human, walks through the door and lets it close behind it.

Boston Dynamics helpfully explains in the description of the video that "this testing does not irritate or harm the robot", which, okay, sure - chant whatever you need to convince yourself you are not totally first on SpotMini's kill list.

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