Unsettling video out of China features robotics company Unitree mass testing a large fleet of robot dogs, alarming many users on social media worried about an AI robot uprising.
The footage shows hundreds of Unitree’s $2,700 Go1 robot dogs simultaneously making the same movements, as researchers stand by observing the tests.
The video prompted the term “Black Mirror” to trend on Twitter, with users warning the robotic dogs are far too similar to those seen in the dystopian Netflix original series Black Mirror, which featured an episode where AI robot dogs hunted down dissidents.
The similarities were not lost on social media users.
I was traumatized at the Black Mirror episode with the robot dogs…and here they are 😬
— Michelle Coffman (@Michell46957512) December 28, 2022
Is there a single Black Mirror episode left that isn't on the fast track to coming true?
— Somebody Someone (@ATinyBitCrazy) December 28, 2022
Didn’t they watch black mirror!? pic.twitter.com/xkgclhAn60
— Aaron Torres (@Aaa_aa_ron) December 28, 2022
Black Mirror, see you tomorrow pic.twitter.com/J1ZTu0hogG
— ToddUncommon (@ToddUncommon) December 28, 2022
another day closer to this reality pic.twitter.com/mhi65yC4p3
— NÆ 🆑 (@tasteslikesalt) December 29, 2022
Another user pointed out Unitree also has waterproof robots.
— Wham (@WhamHideout) December 29, 2022
One user who described how to remove the robot’s battery pack was credited with saving humanity.
Will these robots help humanity, or are these high-tech robotic advancements hurtling us headlong into the dystopian future envisioned in science fiction?
What's the worst that could happen?
— Jon (@pay_attn) December 28, 2022