MACHINES

Watch A Robot Get Hilariously Bullied At Work

Summon your inner Atlas the next time a coworker pushes you around

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"F*ck you, Kevin!" — Boston Dynamics
Mar 04, 2016 at 2:56 PM ET

When Boston Dynamics showed off their new bipedal Atlas robot, the Alphabet-owned company hoped to impress the world with the humanoid’s nimble balance. The video depicted a 5-foot-9, 180-pound android trudging through the woods, opening a door and lifting boxes, but what was even more impressive was the utter dickishness of the men bullying the poor guy.

Finally, a champion of the robot uprising has given a voice to the vicitmized machine. A Chicago photographer who goes by Mr. King edited Boston Dynamics’ original video to show Atlas mouthing off to its super-rude colleagues. “The swearing, hangdog robot that gets abused at work was the first thing I thought of when I saw the original Atlas video. The poor guy’s just trying to move some boxes around!” King told Vocativ. 

In the last week, King has made a couple other videos out of the same Boston Robotics footage in which he attempted to channel Vine political satirist Vic Berger. “I’m a big fan of Vic Berger,” King said, “His use of the comedic zoom effect is certainly an inspiration.” 

King’s zoom at the 37-seconds mark—when the robot has his one victory of the day and shouts “I am the universe!”—is masterful. In that moment, we are all Atlas.