Bunny, an 85-pound purebred from Boston Dynamics, hit midtown Manhattan on a visit with her owner Agnieszka Pilat this week — and she came in peace.
“I signed a pledge with some other robotics companies that you cannot use them for offensive, only defensive. So, for example, mounting a gun on the robot would be illegal,” Pilat said.
Pilat, a Polish-born artist whose paintings fetch up to $55,000, uses Bunny to create mechanized paintings.
The robots march across canvasses with paint-covered paws.
Pilat’s works have become a favorite of Silicon Valley’s tech arrivistes.
The dog retails for a cool $75,000. A second robot dog Pilat owns, Basia, — which comes with an arm — goes for $200,000.
En route to a lunch at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, Bunny came ‘face’ to face with a flesh and blood pup.
“She’s not a fan,” remarked the biological dog’s owner.
Pilat admitted that “organic dogs” don’t care for Bunny.
“They don’t smell her. So I think the lack of smell really disturbs organic dogs,” she said.
Bunny is “very curious, likes animals. And, you know, the way it moves. It’s a hybrid of machine learning and choreography. So it moves really very beautifully. and curiosity’s a number one feature of it,” Pilat added. She does not bark.
The iconic robot dog also came by for a visit to the New York Post, where she barged into offices — but didn’t bite any journos.
Source: NYPost Technology