"I think when people see the new things that robots can do, it excites them,” Boston Dynamics founder and chairperson Marc Raibert told reporters.
"This is what they'll do when they win," one Twitter user quipped.
The town of Takikawa purchased and installed a pair of the robots after bears were found roaming neighborhoods.
"Working with Grant was so much fun," former co-host Adam Savage said. "I’ll miss my friend."
The robot, developed by Japanese researchers, can answer questions and engage in conversation. It previously served as a newscaster.
"I just got chased by a robot in Stop & Shop, the future is now."
The question has a surprising psychological factor for workers now and in the future.
Early speculation of the giant government defense contract suggested it would go to Amazon.