In 2021, MSCHF launched a project entitled Spot’s Rampage, in which members of the public were able to remotely control a Boston Dynamics Spot® robot that had been outfitted with a paintball gun and placed within an art gallery. Via livestream, viewers could pilot the robot and fire the gun, gradually destroying the space and the robot.
After first trying to bribe the collective to remove the paintball gun with the offer of two free robot dogs, Boston Dynamics publicly condemned the project for using its robot “in any way that cpromotes violence, harm, or intimidation.” The day after Spot’s Rampage debuted, Boston Dynamics rolled out a partnership with the NYPD.
Boston Dynamics remotely disabled MSCHF’s legally-purchased Spot® robot via an undisclosed backdoor. Subsequently, MSCHF memorialized this robotic corpse with as many guns as it could possibly fit– a portent of robots to come.