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We're All Dead: DARPA's Latest Humanoid Robot Learns To Navigate Obstacles

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Seen here begging for a powerful burning laser to the crotch, DARPA's Pet-Proto (with sweet lighting effects) navigates a hole in the ground filled with rubber lizards. But that's not all it can do -- at the beginning of the video it also tackles a VERY high stair. So if you thought stacking boxes or digging holes was going to save you from the robots, it's probably time to reevaluate your survival strategy.

Hit the jump for the brief but worthwhile video. The more you know.

Thanks to residentistEVIL, who agrees nowhere is safe because, unlike humans, robots are willing to ADAPT.

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  • Butter Biscuits McGee

    Hahaha, that robot looks like it's wasted.

  • Last time Scruffy checked Japan had over 50 of just over 100 android projects. Theirs could probably complete this with somersaults and a celebratory moonwalk.

  • Charles Whelan

    Give that thing some oil

  • n_a_a_s

    Ok I'm with Rishtopher here... at first I thought 'no way, all these things are decades behind chasing me up the stairs in my nightmares'........ but after seeing it jump down off that ledge/bench - - running up stairs is no longer a considerable escape

  • $18922249

    There was a time when all that we had to do was pick food up off of the ground and drink water from streams and springs. Yes, it was tough. Many humans died of broken bones, infections, predation and childbirth... but it was simple. There were no ulterior motives. The world would be as the world was and humans were of little consequence.

    As we scale our success from our primitive lifestyle to fit the needs and wants of a global population of 7 billion, very quickly the balance of sustainability is bucked. We spend our time building weapons of death, creating monstrosities of nature and destroying the only bioshpere which will successfully sustain our species. "It looks like it's a dying and it's hardly been born."

    We are too smart for the savannas and too stupid for the future. I wonder how often this happens throughout the universe.

  • Cycles of the ages, now we are in the deep darkness but the light is finally beginning to increase. (Like a winter solstice of the 26,000 year year.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    I have a feeling it happens quite often throughout the universe. When things begin to swerve out of alignment, the universe has a natural way of putting things right. In the end, it is usually not exactly the way we envisioned it but I don't believe we have a say in a 14 billion year old process that seems to be able to exist without us.

  • $18922249

    I mean so far as a species becoming "self aware" and successful in terms of passing on knowledge and culture through generations. The process of 'uncoupling' from the environment almost certainly happens often when complex life comes to be on a planet. However, there is this "uncanny valley" which must be bridged between the evolutionary background of a successful species and the forward thinking required to guide that species successfully through a seemingly inevitable period of "adolescence of modernity". Essentially, there are no environmental stressors which would give rise to the complex thinking required to plan for a future which is totally out of keeping with the environment in which a species evolved. So my best guess is that complex life happens often, but it almost always self destructs in the light of its own success.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    With self awareness comes ego which will always be the downfall of man. I choose to just sit back and watch. I try hard to look at our life here and understand just how short it really is in the grand scheme of things. I find that it helps to take value in everyday knowing that in the end our galaxy will slam itself into another galaxy ripping our very existence apart, hurling our solar system across the void, eventually being dragged into oblivion by a super massive black hole.

  • luxlucetintenebris

    Well that cheered me up! :p

  • n_a_a_s

    when I read this just now silently in my head, eerie organ music started playing 1/2 way through it, I dont know if its your verbiage or because halloween is just around the corner but...... I stopped reading & started dancing, thank you

  • $18922249

    :D

    I am a big fan of taking joy in the little things. Cheers!

  • Rishtopher

    The stair climbing frightened me for some reason. It moves faster than I thought.

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