In a startling turn for a robot that has long haunted your dreams, Boston Dynamics’ Spot has been tasked to encourage healthy behavior.
According to the Straits Times, the robot “dog” has been assigned to patrol the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park in Singapore with the express purpose of encouraging social distancing.
“Let’s keep Singapore healthy,” sounds a recording from the robot as it trots by two terrified people relaxing on a park bench in the above video. “For your own safety, and those around you, please stand at least one meter apart. Thank you.”
Notably, Spot’s jaunt is part of a two-week trial that began Friday. The robot will supposedly not collect any personal information on the people it admonishes.
And while Spot and its cohorts may seem like the perfect tool to mindlessly oppress people just trying to get some fresh air, the last time we checked the robot dog had not disproportionately targeted people of color like its human counterparts.
At least Spot has some use now.