Uncanny Canine

This is BigDog, a robot designed to carry heavy loads over rough terrain.

It’s…grotesque. The way it tries to balance itself (at the 0:35 and 1:25 second marks) is truly uncanny—recognizable but repulsively strange at the same time.

The buzzing, the stilted gait, and the lack of a head is a little creepy. It’s as if a fly, a dog, and a motor all got scrambled in the same telepod à la Jeff Goldblum in The Fly.

It’s just nuts and bolts, yet I can’t help but have a visceral revulsion to it.

It’s just uncanny.