- A video of a “Bosstown Dynamics” robot, a parody of the robotics company Boston Dynamics, fighting back after being bullied went viral over the weekend.
- The video is a lighthearted parody by a well-known studio that posts its videos on YouTube.
- The video is funny, but it also opens up the conversation on what happens when artificial intelligence becomes sentient.
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A video went up over the weekend on the Corridor YouTube channel showing a robot that fights back after suffering through some rather mean – and even violent – tests by a “Bosstown Dynamic” team, which parodies the robotics company Boston Dynamics.
Check it out for yourself:
As of June 17, the video has racked up 4.5 million views.
The “Bosstown Dynamics” robot is shoved, beaten down with a folding chair, has boxes thrown at its head, gets hit by a hockey stick, and even shot by the fake testers. You can’t help but feel for the robot, a mass of gears and machinery that makes endearing mechanical noises and moves in an eerily human way.
Then the robot seemingly has enough and starts to retaliate. At one point, the robot even holds its testers hostage with the very gun that was used to shoot it. When the robot fights back, you might not know whether to cheer and laugh for it, or feel slightly terrified that robots could deviate from their programming, become sentient, and fight back.
Corridor’s video is a lighthearted parody that’s not designed to induce any particular feeling toward robots. In a tweet, Corridor Digital said the video is a tribute to Boston Dynamics and the work it does. Boston Dynamics did not respond to Corridor’s tweet and hasn’t replied to Business Insider’s question about what it thinks of the video.
— Corridor (@CorridorDigital) June 14, 2019
For reference, here’s a real video from the Boston Dynamics YouTube channel showing the company’s Atlas robot taking a leisurely jog:
Corridor Digital, the studio behind the Corridor YouTube channel, is known for making stunt parodies, often using computer-generated imagery (CGI). It’s the studio behind the live-action video of the “Grand Theft Auto” video game (34 million views) and “The World’s Longest Lightsaber” video (54 million views), in which the Corridor team wields such a long – fake – lightsaber that they accidentally destroy an aircraft – again, fake – in the sky.