No, this isn't a sequel to I, Robot, although some might find it equally creepy. Boston Dynamics, a branch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that develops robots that move and behave like animals, is making headlines with a robot dog that can open doors, called SpotMini. They recently posted a video on their YouTube channel that shows SpotMini in action. The first robot approaches a door and pauses, unsure of how to proceed. That's when another SpotMini shows up to save the day, thanks to a long, protruding arm that grabs a hold of the door handle and opens it up. SpotMini demonstrated not only mind-blowing capabilities but impressive etiquette, as it held open the door for the first robot pup — a simple gesture many humans won't even offer. (WHY.)
This is likely promising and exciting news for dogs everywhere, who — for reasons unbeknownst to their humans — love coming into the bathroom while we pee. Doors? No big deal to SpotMini.
But also, can we please talk about how these robots move... as in, nothing like robots? As they trot through the open door, they almost mimic the excitement of a real dog as he realizes he's about to join you while you're sitting on the toilet. See for yourself.