[krvod url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jvLalY6ubc]What’s scarier than a big self-directed robot the size of a pack mule?  A big self-directed robot the size of a pack mule chucking 35 pound cinder blocks over its shoulder.

The BigDog pack animal robot developed by Boston Dynamics  is surprising in its capability already, able to carry hundreds of pounds through rugged natural terrain with little more instruction from its human operator than “follow tight”.    Now they’ve added an arm, and using the substantial strength of the legs and torso, it can hurl heavy objects surprising distances.  Its best toss so far is about seventeen feet.  The idea is that it’s supposed to be able to clear its own path or do other heavy jobs, but it’s not hard to imagine it being used offensively.

Boston Dynamics has been developing BigDog and other sophisticated robots under funding from the Army Research Laboratory’s RCTA program, and was recently bought by Google.

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