Boston Dynamics' Spot robot wants to run away and join Cirque du Soleil

The robotic "dog" may try its luck under the big top.

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You may soon see a Spot robot at the circus.

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Boston Dynamics' Spot robot has been demonstrating increasingly impressive feats to the world over the past year. And now the little four-legged bot may soon be showing off its talents at the circus. But not just any circus -- Cirque du Soleil. The purveyor of perhaps the most extravagant of live shows, Cirque du Soleil confirmed it's discussing making Spot a part of its performances. The talks were earlier reported by AP News. 

Boston Dynamics didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The Spot robot "dog," set to go on sale to the public this year, is meant to monitor construction sites, provide remote inspection at gas, oil and power installations and aid in public safety, according to Boston Dynamics. 

Spot is cute if you've seen its viral twerking video, or a little creepy if you watch Black Mirror. It's also not the only creation from Boston Dynamics. The team has released footage of 10 SpotMini robots that're able to haul a truck, and the Atlas robot, which can now do a gymnastics routine

Originally published Sept. 27, 1:08 p.m. PT.
Update, 1:57 p.m.: Adds confirmation from Cirque du Soleil.

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