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Spot, the Robotic Tour Guide with a Twist

Oct. 27, 2023. 1 min. read. Interactions

🤖🐶 Meet Spot, Boston Dynamics' robot dog turned chatty tour guide! With top hat and wit, it's transforming tours with a British accent and a dash of humor. #RoboticRevolution 🎩💬

Meet Spot, the Chatty Robot Dog

Boston Dynamics’ Spot, known for running, jumping, and dancing, has now added ‘talking’ to its repertoire. In a quirky video, Spot, adorned with a top hat, mustache, and googly eyes, guides staff around the company’s facilities with a British accent. “Shall we commence our journey?” it asks, leading visitors to charging stations and answering questions with its “mouth” moving in sync.

Behind Spot’s Conversational Skills

To give Spot its voice, Boston Dynamics harnessed OpenAI’s ChatGPT API and other large language models (LLMs). They equipped Spot with a speaker, text-to-speech capabilities, and a gripper that mimics speech “like the mouth of a puppet.” Spot’s script is brief but combined with visual inputs from its cameras, enabling it to tailor responses to what it “sees.”

A Dog of Many Personalities

Spot isn’t just a one-personality robot. It transforms into a 1920s archaeologist, a teenager, a Shakespearean time traveler, and even a sarcastic soul, lamenting in a haiku, “Generator hums low in a room devoid of joy. Much like my soul.” These personas add a quirky twist to its tours.

Surprises and Potential

Boston Dynamics encountered surprises, like Spot identifying its “parents” as the older models displayed in the office. While there were hiccups, like the robot suggesting a box-moving robot was designed for yoga, the team remains excited. They see potential in combining artificial intelligence and robotics, envisioning tasks being assigned to robots through simple conversation.

A Light-Hearted Take on a Serious Bot

Despite the whimsical presentation, it’s hard to forget Spot’s more serious applications, such as aiding police and military operations. But for now, we can enjoy Spot’s lighter side as a talking, top-hat-wearing tour guide.

SOURCE: Boston Dynamics turned its robot dog into a talking tour guide with ChatGPT – The Verge

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  1. Can it say woof woof?

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  2. Spot could also make for the perfect toy and pet. I'm not sure how much it would cost to shrink it a bit, but if they can manage that and ditch the sarcastic attitude, this could be a hot commercial item. People would snatch it up for their kids, and even some lonely folks might keep it as a pet – heck, there are even some wacky people who own rocks as pets!

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  3. I love how Spot can be this fun, talking tour guide with a top hat. It's like a cute robot friend! But hey, it's also important to remember it's got some serious jobs, like helping out in police and military stuff. Cool how it can do both, right? 😀

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