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.

  • ProfezzorX

    So robots will take over jobs that were typically done by high school drop-outs? ...Seems fair.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    I wonder how much those boxes weighed.

  • Huck PS

    So the future looks like me coming home from a night at the pub. Same coordination, so dexterity, same resolve.

  • shashi

    maybe that's exactly what they want you to think

  • Sebastiann Elegant√© Neely

    I always hate to see the tests where these robots get shoved around and obstructed by their creators.
    Really nice mobility on Atlas, though, I was impressed by the flexibility in his swiveling, and his ability to get back on his feet.

  • killer

    We really need to stop the bullying. I'm glad that robot just walked away from that asshole pushing it over with that weapon. Things could of gotten bad. That Robot was raised right.

  • KLanD

    Ahhh.. dude.. I don't think it's a good idea to start pissing the robot off. Especially when he's that drunk.

  • TundeMacaulay

    this thing's got better posture than I do

  • n11

    I couldn't help imagine that while it was walking in the snow with and almost tripping, its hands were down by its side as though it had a stick up its butt lol
    Really neat technology though!

  • Jeff Payne
  • @2:35 Fuck this shit, I'm outta here- I'm not paid enough for that.

  • Joe Schmopped

    It only looks like the robot that had the drug dealers brain in it (Cain!) from RoboCop 2, but whatever. I am sure it's perfectly fine.

  • Bling Nye

    Terminator v1.0. Oh good.

    But really, I'm more concerned about the swarm of micro bots flying around with hypodermics...

  • dirtyhamstir

    Why is this robot OSHA-compliant with picking up things by bending at the knees? I bet when he gets home, he has to soak those knees and finish his plan on killing the man with the hockey stick.

  • GWZipper

    Nice wood hockey stick there hey, ya east coast duster!

  • The_Wretched

    Great, they gave it Big-O punch arms. I hope they bothered with the 3-laws or dudebro with the hockeystick is going to get a visit some night and rue the day he taught them to climb stairs.

  • Wiley

    Clearly the correct function for picking up the box is () {

  • Isaac Bow.

    someone needs to put innocent captions to the robot as it goes about its day, and gets bullied

  • Big McLargehuge

    Bearded men will be first to die.
    Good to know.

  • rhartness

    I don't know why, but I can't stop imagining this thing wearing a Strax costume.

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