Haha!: Atlas Humanoid Robot Tries To Show Off Walking Skills, Does Not Impress

November 25, 2013


This is a short video of DARPA's Atlas humanoid robot trying to navigate a treacherous path of pieces of wood and rope when it trips on a stick and eats shit (it didn't even make it to the pebbles!). Sucks it wasn't walking on hot coals. It also sucks it has a safety harness that prevents it from shattering both hips and making the world a happier place. Close your eyes and imagine a McDonald's playground. Now imagine a world that's nothing BUT McDonald's playgrounds. Smell the McNuggets. Pretty sweet, right? Now close your eyes as hard as you can until they really start to hurt. "Ouch, okay -- now what?" EMBRACE THE PAIN.

Keep going for the short video.

Thanks to Meithan, who agrees Atlas isn't going to be a runaway model anytime soon.

  • boBisa

    of course it's falling, look at its feet! they're totally flat, like water skis. it lacks toes, and flexibility to explore curvatures of new landscapes and communicate that information in order to regain balance. it's as bad as that transient across the way from me. except at least he has an excuse, he's drunk. get your sh*t together, DARPA!

  • I can walk better than that.

  • Andy McAwesome

    Step 2. Make robots so large that debris means nothing, can crush sticks, twigs, and trees effortlessly.

    Way to go, science.

  • Closet Nerd

    Reminds me of the video of the wasted guy who spent 10 minutes trying to obtain a 12 pack of beer from the store

  • JJtoob

    I'm a little scared, a typical adult human would probably step on the gaps between the debris to make contact with the floor. They are purposefully teaching robots how to walk over obstacles without looking, so even if you blow their eyes/sensors off, they can still efficiently chase you down. So just remember, make your rounds count, and shoot the legs first.

  • westmclarenmerc

    Well, if they are teaching robots to step on debris, keep the friggin ground clean, it wil have nothing to walk on.

  • Andy McAwesome

    Also, you could make a moat.

  • Matthew Anderson

    I know what makes legs do that… ;)

  • anon999

    I think it's safe to say the robot apocalypse has been postponed

  • Soylent Green Is People

    Only if we kick it while it's down!

  • Top_Hat_Chap

    One small step for man - One giant fail for robot

  • Hardxwax

    More like DERPA

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