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Update Jan. 20, 2022: Removing Boston Dynamics representative’s name from paragraph 5.

A gun-shooting robot is not the creation of Boston Dynamics, contrary to claims made by social media users. Representatives for Boston Dynamics confirmed to Reuters via email that videos circulating online do not depict a robot made by the engineering and robotics design company. The video instead is the computer-generated work of creative production company Corridor Digital.

A video posted by a user on Twitter (here) with the caption, “The Boston Dynamics robot went from doing cute dancing moves to becoming an unstoppable fighting machine” has racked up over 369,000 views.

Similar versions of the video posted to social media are reviewable (here), (here), and (here).

In an emailed response to a Reuters request for comment, a representative for Boston Dynamics said the robot in the online videos was not created by Boston Dynamics.

“The video you shared is not a Boston Dynamics robot, and the entire video series is fake,” said a spokesperson for the robotics design company.

An example of a robot designed by Boston Dynamics is visible on the company’s YouTube channel (here).

The representative pointed Reuters to production studio Corridor Digital (www.corridordigital.com/) as the creator of the video seen on social media.

The video also appears in an October 26, 2019 post to Corridor Digital’s YouTube page. (here) captioned “New Robot Makes Soldiers Obsolete”. The video post includes the disclaimer, “This video is a comedic parody and is not owned, endorsed, created by, or associated with the Boston Dynamics company.”

An explainer video also published by Corridor Digital (here) shows how Corridor Digital turned a human actor into the combat robot seen in the original robot soldier video.

Representatives for Corridor Digital confirmed the video is their creation.

VERDICT

False. Video circulating online does not show an armed robot soldier designed by Boston Dynamics but instead depicts a computer-generated soldier created by the production company Corridor Digital.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Source : https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-robot-video-boston-dynamics-idUSL1N2TZ1I3

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