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DARPA unveils new humanoid robot

Posted on Sunday, 14 July, 2013 | Comment icon 24 comments | News tip by: tapirmusic

Image credit: Youtube / DARPA

Boston Dyanmics has developed 'Atlas' as a successor to their already impressive PetMan robot.

The bipedal hydraulic-powered machine possesses superior strength and dexterity over previous models and is capable of keeping its balance when confronted with uneven terrain or after being hit by a heavy weight. To help control the robot, the Pentagon is holding a contest to see who can develop software enabling Atlas to do everything from walking across a rubble-strewn field to driving a car.

"Two weeks ago 19 brave firefighters lost their lives," said program manager Gill Pratt. "A number of us who are in the robotics field see these events in the news, and the thing that touches us very deeply is a single kind of feeling which is, can't we do better ?"

"At 6'2" and 330 pounds, DARPA and Boston Dynamics' latest robot, Atlas, is arguably their most imposing humanoid yet."

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Comment icon #15 Posted by Zero Fox FK on 14 July, 2013, 16:26
The music in this video is completely out of place... it's like i'm watching some weird robot porno
Comment icon #16 Posted by seeder on 14 July, 2013, 16:35
Tell me about it, a few more years and refinements, like being quieter for one, and sending those things on missions would terrify any opponents I reckon, myself included. We will have a future with robots for wars, and more benign robots for assistance, which is where the japanese seem to be going I prefer the latter!!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Sundew on 14 July, 2013, 16:37
Does it bother anyone that the Japanese robot (at least as far as ASIMO is concerned) is about usefully helping people while the "Dog Bot" throws concrete blocks? Oh, I know, it's all about "search and rescue" and removing rubble, etcetera, but there is something a little more unnerving about the latter two robots. It's possible that in their final form they will have some sort of cyber-skin covering to make them more familiar, but right now they seem more "terminator" than servant. Unless batteries take a quantum leap, these robots will at least be "... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by seeder on 14 July, 2013, 17:00
already happening
Comment icon #19 Posted by seeder on 14 July, 2013, 17:02
Comment icon #20 Posted by F3SS on 14 July, 2013, 17:13
That's no robot.
Comment icon #21 Posted by seeder on 14 July, 2013, 17:15
Yeh thats why I put the smiley next to it
Comment icon #22 Posted by Sundew on 14 July, 2013, 17:16
Seeder, for some reason I just can get the song "I'm just a love machine" by the Miracles out of my head now! I can see where this technology is headed! LOL!
Comment icon #23 Posted by F3SS on 14 July, 2013, 17:17
Oh ok. My sarcasm meter is malfunctioning.
Comment icon #24 Posted by seeder on 14 July, 2013, 17:48
hehe yes...But the fembot or some say 'sexbot' industry is already getting huge over there, google it up as I wont provide links as the ones Ive seen are all in lingerie and contorted positions! Think how long rubber dolls for lonely pervy guys have been around... so yes, many will be created just for 'that'... And NO, Im not a perv for knowing this, I'm just as well clued up on japanese androids and robotics !!

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