The Boston Dynamics dog in the laboratory dances parkour and backflips. It can be called the internet celebrity in the dog world and the top of the machine world. But if you leave the laboratory and start looking for a factory to work seriously? The robot dog’s life has become like this: climbing the stairs at a melancholy and slow pace, just like the way we go to work every morning:
Go to the place and take a look at the tasks of the human boss: taking pictures, measuring temperature…well, next stop.
Can work a day12 hoursWhen I’m tired, I’ll find a place to recharge it myself, and I’ll continue to do it when I’m full.
The life of a working dog is so unpretentious and boring.
And this “work record” video was released by YouTube’s 4 million fan blogger Tom Scott. So far, it has exceeded910,000Play volume:
The place of work is a hydroelectric power plant in Western Australia, which is remotely managed by a control center.
Usually there are no employees in the factory, but people are sent to do safety inspections regularly.
However, because the control center manages a total of 20 power plants, and the road to the plant is particularly prone to be blocked in extreme weather, robot dogs are introduced.
In addition to saving labor costs, it is also used to enter some toxic, radioactive or other dangerous areas for humans:
After entering the factory, the robot dog does not need to worry about competing with wheel or crawler robots, because in this kind of infrastructure designed for humans, the robot dog is obviously more free to come and go.
To better interact with the environment, the robot dog with built-in navigation, obstacle avoidance and other basic functions provided by Boston Dynamics is not enough.
So, the software companyEnergy RoboticsDo more customized development.
For example, as shown at the beginning, come to a specific instrument or facility and collect information:
One feature that the company is developing is “falling detection”, that is, when someone is lying on the ground or any other accident occurs, it will immediately alert and contact the relevant personnel autonomously.
The company’s CEO said that in the future, he will always work to make the robot dog smarter.
For example, the robot dog is still made to repeatedly perform some fixed specific tasks, such as taking pictures and measuring the temperature before going to a certain instrument.
But in the future, I hope to be able to do Click and Inspect, tell the robot dog directly that it needs to inspect the A area, and it will autonomously extract the analysis information and go to the area to collect the required information.
Robot dogs of Boston Dynamics
The high praise in the video comment area is naturally a sigh of the magic of technology and… paragraph:
Before: The dog ate my homework
Now: The dog did my homework for me
There is also a necessary discussion of “whether machines will replace humans” under such topics:
Human beings are “multifunctional” to a certain extent, so they are more able to pay attention to unexpected situations outside of the work content.
I don’t think that humans will be replaced. Robots, humans, and live cameras can work at the same time, achieving a good balance between saving time and discovering accidents.
Interestingly, there are people in the comment area cue the robot dogs in other places in Boston Dynamics:
Humans are so amazing. Some people will use robot dogs to do great and practical work, and some will use them to pee beer.
Hmm… this is it:
Many people on Twitter mentioned the recently controversial robot dog with a gun on its back:
Think of those dogs jumping rope, mining, and participating in baseball games all over the world…
The robot dog of Boston Dynamics can be said to have very broad employment prospects (dog head).