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Atlas the robot shows off running skills

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The engineering and robotics firm Boston Dynamics released clips of its humanoid robot running through a field and jumping over a log.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-44089636/atlas-the-robot-shows-off-running-skills

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https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/topic/313424-boston-dynamics-atlas-robot-does-backflips/?

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XenoFish

a few moments later....

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Noxasa

Well it certainly can't sneak up on you.  That thing is loud.  Just a matter of time before these are on the battlefield.

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Stiff

Could it not just have stepped over the log? Maybe the reaction time means it has to stop and asses the height/distance before it attempts an obstacle. It's coming though, and in time it will be like Colonel Steve Austin. I'd love to see it run in slow motion :D

And I agree with Noxasa, these will be on the battlefield if a contract can be made to mass produce them viably. That's quite a frightening thought but as long as it saves losing men (and it's on 'our' side of course) ;)

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XenoFish
2 minutes ago, Stiff said:

That's quite a frightening thought

"Knock, Knock!"

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Yeah I can just imagine the terror that something like this would induce in someone. A single minded killing machine. No remorse, no conscious. An army of them would definitely reset the stage. Even if such a machine was remote "piloted". That might be enough to change people's minds.

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Tatetopa

What makes anybody think these will only be good ol' American robots confined to a battlefield somewhere fighting "bad guys"?   Great for crowd control and intimidation in any circumstance.  I wonder what 2nd Amendment supporters think about a future with these guys in them?  It makes assault rifles look like pea shooters.  Not good odds going up against a tyrannical government with these things ready to deploy.  Will open carry evolve into having your own killer robot bodyguard with you at all times? 

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pallidin
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As long as there is an advanced, impossible to over-ride, fail-safe "Off" switch of some type, I'm good.

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RoofGardener
3 minutes ago, pallidin said:

As long as there is an advanced, impossible to over-ride, fail-safe "Off" switch of some type, I'm good.

Rest assured, there WILL be, Pallidin. 

And it will be in the hands of a Responsible Government Official. 

So that's all OK then ? :D 

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Sundew

Battery life is certainly a limiting factor and even if armor plated, it seems like an entangling weapon like a bolas could slow it down considerably. 

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Tatetopa
3 hours ago, Sundew said:

Battery life is certainly a limiting factor and even if armor plated, it seems like an entangling weapon like a bolas could slow it down considerably. 

Maybe they can be developed to process organic matter, corpses for example.    Good luck with that bolas, you might only get one try.

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Carlos Allende

Yeah, but this robot, in a corset and stockings? Beckoning you up the saloon stairs? Prioritize the Westworld types, surely.

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