Anderson Cooper got a rare behind-the-scenes look at Boston Dynamics on 60 Minutes Sunday. Boston Dynamics has become known in recent years for releasing videos of increasingly advanced robots, mostly human-like and dog-like, both of which, as it turns out, can dance. Both types of robots, along with another that in no way resembles a living being, cut a rug to “Do You Love Me” by The Contours. But as entertaining as it is to watch the robots dance, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert explained that it’s not all about fun. But still kind of about fun.
“What's the point in proving that the robot can do the Mashed Potato?” Cooper asked. “This process of, you know, doing new things with the robots lets you generate new tools,” Raibert replied, “new approaches, new understanding of the problem. That takes you forward, but, man, isn't it just fun?”