A video from the Massachusetts State Police showed the Spot Machine Dog of Boston Dynamics working on the agency’s bomb disposal team,media BGR reported. To be precise, the message came from documents obtained by the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The document includes a memorandum of understanding.
The memo explained that the bomb disposal team had hired the robot dog from Boston Dynamics for 90 days between August and November. The agency rents robotic dogs “to assess the ability of robot dogs to enforce the law,” especially for remote inspections of potentially dangerous environments that may contain suspects. “
Boston Dynamics, a robotics company founded by MIT professor Ray Porter, was independent from MIT in 1992. The company announced in September that it could start leasing its robots, and the exact cost of the lease was not made public.
“A lot of times, these technologies are deployed faster than our social, political, or legal system,” Kade Crockford, program director of the ACLU Free Technology Program in Massachusetts, told TechCrunch. “We urgently need greater transparency from government agencies, which should test and deploy new technologies in public. “