Dammit: Boston Dynamics' Latest Killer Humanoid Robot

February 24, 2016


This is a video demonstration of Boston Dynamics' latest version of Atlas robot. It's smaller than previous versions, can pick up and carry objects, and can even get back on its feet after being pushed over by a man with a long cardboard tube. Cardboard tubes: just as ineffective at battling robots as you probably imagined.

A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

Just watch the video and try not to be creeped out. Everything about the way it moves is not okay. I've left several angry voicemails at Boston Dynamics demanding they stop development of these abominations, but so far I haven't gotten any response. Presumably, that response will come soon in the form of a killer robot at my door. I will be ready. Just kidding, I will probably be fresh out of the shower and answer the door in a towel and get murdered.

Keep going for the video, it really is worth a watch.

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