Kicker – Singapore’s experiment with Spot

NICK EICHER, HOST: A strange four-legged creature is on the loose in a park in Singapore. It’s yellow, it looks a little like a dog — about the size of a pitbull, but it has no head! 

If you listen closely, you can hear its footsteps.

AUDIO: [Steps]

The headless dog has a name: Spot. And where it’s head ought to be? There’s a camera instead. 

Spot is a mechanical dog created by Boston Dynamics. As it clanks through the park, it counts the number of people there at any given time, and this dog—let’s just say you come when it calls:

AUDIO: Let’s keep Singapore healthy. For your own safety, and for those around you, please stand at least 1 meter apart. Thank you.

It’s part of a two-week trial, and if it’s a success, Spot could be coming to a park near you. 

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(Photo/Roslan Rahman, Afp Via Getty Images) 

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