They're Growing Stronger: Video Of A Robot Doing Sit-Ups, Push-Ups And Other Exercises

May 15, 2018

Yeah, no, I'm not holding his feet.

This is a video demonstration of a robot developed at the University Of Tokyo that can perform various exercises thanks to "a skeletal structure, joints, muscles, body proportions, and even a sort of central nervous system" similar to that of a human. The exercises it performs probably won't earn it a Presidential Physical Fitness Test award anytime soon (it can only do half a sit-up, half a push-up, and just hangs from the bar for a pull-up), but I'm sure it's already strong enough to kill us all anyways. I thought the best part of the video though is the very end when the dude has a little voodoo doll of the robot and starts bending and contorting it to make the full-size version squirm around on the floor. Now if he'd just smacked it with a hammer a couple times -- now THAT-- "Would be a video worth masturbating to?" What? No -- some things you just don't say out loud.

Keep going for the video of your new PE teacher.

Thanks to cjcjcjcj, who agrees it's only a matter of time until robots are opening their own CrossFit gyms.

  • pojojuniper

    I want to know why it needs a mat.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Making it look like the goddamned Terminator. Just perfect.

  • Jenness
  • Draco Basileus

    The day this thing does burpees is when I'll be impressed.

  • The_Wretched

    It needs to work on range of motion. That 'chin up' was a 'pull up' btw and didn't exactly happen. Boston Dynamics, they are not. I wonder if they made it easy to clean?

  • Bling Nye

    I'm sure they'll be fitted with easily cleanable silicon shells of some sort before the murder rampages, probably hydrophobic coating as well so might not even have to spray the blood off.

  • shashi

    .......aaaaaaaaaand Surrogates!

  • GeneralDisorder

    I don't care how good they are at making babies. I'm not putting my seed inside a robot. That is what you're talking about right?

  • shashi

    if your brain still causes you to salivate at the sight of food on tv i imagine you'll give in eventually. Don't tell me this doesn't grab your attention a little

  • Munihausen

    You call that a sit up? #notimpressed

  • TheQiwiMan

    To be fair, ANY video could be "a video worth masturbating to" if you're thirsty enough, right?

  • Doog

    Yes you're absolutely correct.

  • Eric Ord

    They can do sit-ups, push-ups, and other exercises, but, indeed, can they get FIRST?

  • GeneralDisorder

    You could easily write a script to actively scan the front page of Geekologie every 1 to 10 minutes (can't be too frequent because most web servers run fail2ban or similar and will ban your bot-using ass). Whenever the top post changes, follow the link, make a post in disqus with the word first. Hell, you can probably queue up a series of comments and have it pick one based one some bayesian algorithm (no, I don't know how to do any of that but it's stuff you can most certainly find already built and piece it together).

  • Doog

    Obviously, yes, they can. Any insignificant thing, like posting "First", could easily be done by an automated or mechanical being. It's like literally the kind of work robots are meant to do at this time - pointless things that humans don't want to bother doing because it's a waste of a human's time.

  • Eric Ord



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