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Satire | D'Amelio sisters, Addison Rae, and more influencers sue Boston Dynamics over robot dogs

By SocraticDingo | The Dingo | 5 Feb 2021


Addison Rae (left) Boston Dynamics robot dog (right)

            Addison Rae (left) Boston Dynamics robot dog (right)


NEW YORK — Charli and Dixie D'Amelio, Addison Rae, Jannat Zubair Rahmani, and other prominent TikTok influencers filed a class-action lawsuit against Boston Dynamics. The complaint states that Boston Dynamics' dancing robots are hurting their businesses and quality of life, arguing no human can dance as long as these robots can.

 

"It's just impossible—it's impossible to keep up," Charli D'Amerlio said to her fans on TikTok.

 

"These machines can dance forever, like, literally dance and never stop. If I tried that I'd get arthritis," complained Addison Rae.

 

Miguel Garcia-Sazón is representing the plaintiffs in D'Amerlio v. Boston Dynamics. "We all knew that artificial intelligence technologies would inevitably disrupt human capital, however, Boston Dynamics' TikTok account violates my clients' pursuit of happiness and their ability to maintain their well-being. It is inconceivable for a human to keep up with artificial-intelligence-equipped robots due to limits imposed by human physiology. No human can hope to move as smoothly and effortlessly as these machines can and do. Also, via data analytics, the machines can detect and respond to emerging trends, thus creating a monopoly on TikTok dance videos, and dance videos on similar social media platforms. Furthermore, Boston Dynamics is using these robots to generate revenue from a market they were never intended to enter—something my clients could not have foreseen nor prepared for," Mr. Garcia-Sazón told The Dingo.

 

Boston Dynamics responded to the suit with a public statement:

 

"While we did not anticipate the popularity of our dancing robots on social media, we have every legal right to post their videos on any platform with regards to their TOS [terms of service]. While we truly regret the losses these talented influencers endured, our robots cannot possibly be in competition with the defendants since they're not even of the same species let alone biological entites. It is similar to filing a suit against the pet owners of pets, such as cats and dogs, that go viral on TikTok, YouTube, or other platforms."

 

A teary-eyed Dixie D'Amerlio posted to her TikTok earlier this morning.

 

"Like, if I were cyborg then maybe I'd be okay with this... it's just—it's just really tough."

 

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