Google took over robotics firm Boston Dynamics back in 2013, and in doing so acquired all of its military robots. And now we know what it's been doing with them – teasing dogs.
At least that's according to this video. In it, we see Boston Dynamics' Spot robot let loose in the Google car park, where it comes snout-to-snout with Fido, the dog reportedly belonging to Android co-founder Andy Rubin.
Fido is clearly a little spooked by the size and alien appearance of Spot, and so deals with it the only way it knows how – by barking. A lot. Spot doesn't react much, it just prances about a bit.
We'd say Fido wins this one.
This Spot is reportedly the only one not in the military's possession. It was originally envisaged to help ground troops with reconnaissance, but the military recently decided it's not quite advanced enough for battle yet.
Boston Dynamics recently showed off a humanoid robot called Atlas. This terrifying beast can walk in the snow, pick up objects and even get back to its feet after falling over.
Sadly not all robots are quite as advanced as these two. Let's remind ourselves of those with slightly lesser abilities.