The mechanical hound is getting blocked by the door, but it never gives up.
By now you'll have seen the most impressive footage of Boston Dynamics' The opening of the door with its prehensile limb and front legs; now watch it do the same thing while being impeded by a cruel human master.
In the video below, spotted by TechCrunch, you'll see a Spot Mini being remotely piloted by an off-camera 'command to open the door. Another Boston Dynamics' employee then whacks the Spot Mini with a hockey stick, slamming shut the door, it's just opened before yanking back on the lead attached to its rear end.
The Spot Mini continues in its assigned task in the face of escalating (19659003)
Kicking robots is part and parcel of the Boston Dynamics road-testing experience. We've seen the original Spot endure a solid boot in the side when it was used to try to walk to the photocopier.
As Boston Dynamics says in the video's description: “The ability to tolerate and respond to disturbances like these improves successful operation of the robot. “
In real-world scenarios, a Spot Mini might have to rethink. Despite of part of its crawling in the video, it appears quite able and determined enough to see its task through completion.
We just hope that after the future robots have loaded our dishwashers, they will not mind us jerks to them too much.