The BBC filmed a Boston Dynamics robot dog attemping to herd sheep in New Zealand.
A robot dog designed for search and rescue missions has had a go at herding sheep in New Zealand.
Technology company Rocos is exploring how the Spot robot – made by US-based Boston Dynamics – might be put to work in the agricultural industry.
The BBC’s choice of music is uplifting and jolly in an unusually effortful way. I can’t help but wonder if this is because footage of a robot dog stalking prey animals is fundamentally alarming.
By way of illustration (below), I swapped the music for the sinister Danny Elfman track used in the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy trailer and replaced the BBC’s “isn’t this wonderful?” text with some indistinct robot chatter.
Ferdinando Buscema and Erik Davis