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Boston Dynamics *really* does not want you to add weapons to its robots

Enlarge / Herbert Reul, Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, looks at Boston Dynamics’ robot police dog in January 2022. (credit: Getty Images)

Boston Dynamics and several other robotics companies have pledged not to weaponize “general purpose robots” according to an open letter released publicly on Thursday and first reported by Axios. Although with sizable caveats in place, the letter focuses mostly on unauthorized public misuse of their products.

In the letter, titled “General Purpose Robots Should Not Be Weaponized,” six companies (Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Boston Dynamics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, Unitree Robotics) spell out concerns about “risks of harm and serious ethical issues” from the weaponization of their general purpose products, fearing that it will “harm public trust in the technology.”

For their part, the robot manufacturers write, “We pledge that we will not weaponize our advanced-mobility general-purpose robots or the software we develop that enables advanced robotics and we will not support others to do so.”

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