Why Silicon Valley fell for an artist and her (robot) dog | magazine

Agnieszka Pilat is calling me from somewhere. I’m on the fourth floor of a huge industrial building in Chelsea. There are numbers on the doors, but they don’t match hers. I tell her this on the phone.

“I’ll scream,” she bellows from a long hallway. “We are here!”

Pilat is an artist who paints with a robot dog. It is not easy to do because the dog is not very good at painting. It was, as it were, bred by Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that developed a whole package of mechanical canines, initially with funding from the US military. Spot was the lightest and most manoeuvrable, and the idea was that he would go through mine shafts or into…

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