The Byte, a futuristic science and technology news site, reacted to this development by noting that many people already found the robot dogs “creepy enough” and half-jokingly suggested that those dogs have brought us “one tiny step closer to the robot uprising,” a reference to the blockbuster 1984 film “The Terminator,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which robots became self-aware and launched a war against humans. Philip Bump of The Washington Post also made a subtle reference to the “Terminator” theme. “You know that robot dog that triggers lots of ‘here come our future overlords’ jokes when new videos drop? It has AI now,” Bump posted in April.
We integrated ChatGPT with our robots.We had a ton of fun building this! Read on for the details: pic.twitter.com/DRC2AOF0eU — Santiago (@svpino) April 25, 2023
Spot’s applications, of course, will make all the difference. Business Insider noted, for instance, that the robot dogs have been used in a Boston hospital to mitigate the dangers of close contact during the COVID scare, as well as in New Zealand for herding sheep. On the other hand, The Verge described it as “a bit hard not to think about” Spot’s potential appeal to law enforcement and the military. The bottom line, of course, is that any technology developed and controlled by human beings will also be abused by them. For now, however, I am inclined to marvel at the wondrous human mind and suppress alarm in favor of humility. After all, human beings have lived on this earth for tens or hundreds of thousands of years. And only now have we managed to confer what we call “intelligence” upon something inanimate. God, however, did that in an instant. All of that intelligence — ours and Spot’s — comes from Him. That alone should diminish our fears.
You know that robot dog that triggers lots of “here come our future overlords” jokes when new videos drop?It has AI now. https://t.co/QCpSNmNYAr — Philip Bump (@pbump) April 27, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.