If you've ever wanted a big dog but are stuck living in one of Boston's many apartments that doesn't allow pets, worry no more.
Boston Dynamics, a company that describes itself as specializing in building robots and software for human simulation, has your solution. It's like a dog, except it's a robot.
When powered off, your new pet robot will sit quietly at the foot of the bed or in its crate. When powered on, it will make a ton of noise and run at speeds up 16 miles per hour. Yes, it is technically a robot, but all of that seems pretty dog-like!
Now, some people might say that by encouraging these robots, it will be a slippery slope to some kind of global human-robot apocalypse. Well, clearly that's a ridiculous... wait, what?
Oh, that's good, a group of engineers at MIT are working on producing robotic cubes that can independently assemble themselves into any shape.
It's probably only a matter of time before all these engineers get together to create robots that, even when destroyed and torn to pieces, can simply reassemble on their own.
Cool as these robots are, indestructible ones are probably not the best idea. Hm, maybe that apocalypse thing isn't such a crazy theory, after all. That leave's only one thing to do...