The greatest threat to our existence is not North Korea, it's the Boston Dynamics robotics company

Source: Washington Examiner | February 12, 2018 | Siraj Hashmi

While Americans are fretting over whether President Trump will oversee a nuclear war with North Korea, the greatest threat to our existence, to our humanity, is coming from inside the house.

On Monday, the robotics company, Boston Dynamics, published a video of its nimble four-legged robot, SpotMini, approaching a closed door, and summoning his “pal” with an outstretched arm to turn the handle of the door and open it for both of them to go through.

While we should encourage science and technological advancement and exploration (i.e. last week’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight), we often come across a precipice in the pursuit of advancing society through this type of technology that raises red flags. Boston Dynamics repeatedly crosses this boundary.

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Boston Dynamics might have the benefit of the doubt that they are building machines to help humans, but we should keep a watchful eye on their operations and maintain a level of oversight that their technology isn’t used or even replicated for more nefarious means.

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