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Terminator-like robot can now chase after you

Posted on Sunday, 13 May, 2018 | Comment icon 10 comments

Is this the shape of things to come ? Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot Atlas is now able to run and jump outside without being tethered to anything.
It may have taken three years to accomplish, but now the eerily human-like creation has been given free reign to go wherever it pleases and can even jump over obstacles in its path.

In a recently uploaded video, the robot can be seen jogging through a field and jumping over logs.

Its newfound athleticism is thanks in part to its smaller and more efficient design.

Given recent advances in artificial intelligence, the idea of a super-smart, human-like robot capable of independent decision-making may not be that far-fetched after all.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (10)

Tags: Boston Dynamics, Robot

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by XenoFish on 12 May, 2018, 12:42
a few moments later....
Comment icon #2 Posted by Noxasa on 13 May, 2018, 12:40
Well it certainly can't sneak up on you. That thing is loud. Just a matter of time before these are on the battlefield.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff on 13 May, 2018, 16:44
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 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)
Comment icon #4 Posted by XenoFish on 13 May, 2018, 16:48
"Knock, Knock!" 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 definitelyreset the stage. Even if such a machine was remote "piloted". That might be enough to change people's minds.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Tatetopa on 13 May, 2018, 17:58
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 Amendmentsupporters think about a future with these guys in them? It makes assault rifles look like pea shooters. Not good odds going up against a tyrannicalgovernment with these things ready to deploy. Will open carry evolve into having your own killer robot bodyguard with you at all times?
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 13 May, 2018, 18:07
As long as there is an advanced, impossible to over-ride, fail-safe "Off" switch of some type, I'm good.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RoofGardener on 13 May, 2018, 18:11
Rest assured, there WILL be, Pallidin. And it will be in the hands of a Responsible Government Official. So that's all OK then ?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew on 14 May, 2018, 1:50
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.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Tatetopa on 14 May, 2018, 4:58
Maybe they can be developed to process organic matter, corpses for example. Good luck with that bolas, you might only get one try.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Carlos Allende on 14 May, 2018, 8:57
Yeah, but this robot, in a corset and stockings? Beckoning you up the saloon stairs? Prioritize the Westworld types, surely.

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