So, This Is What The End Looks Like: Boston Dynamics' Latest Shockingly Agile Atlas Humanoid Robot

October 11, 2018

This is a short video from Boston Dynamics of the latest iteration of their ATLAS humanoid robot doing a little untethered parkour. First it hops over a log to warm up, then jumps up three steps with shocking grace and agility. So, if you thought owning a two-story house was going to save you from the robots, it's time you burn the paper placement/kid's menu you drew your robot apocalypse survival plan on and start taking the threat seriously. We need to build a bunkbed. "You mean bunker?" That's an even better idea. I mean yes of course that's what I meant. *discreetly ripping up bar napkin*

Keep going for the full video.

Thanks to cjcjcjcj, who agrees the robots are evolving much, much faster than we ever will.

  • Munihausen

    Gratuitous slo-mo is gratuitous. I get it, we're done for.

  • Douchy McDouche

    Everyone thinks this is cute right now but 20 years down the line when thousands of these things are going to be hunting people someone at Boston Dynamics is going to go "Hmm, maybe The Terminator had a point".

  • Ed

    Holy F! This thing is already 10x as agile as the T-800. They'll be unstoppable in no time!

  • Mark

    The EMP gun business will be in high gear by then.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    I love that they already built a harness on its back for adult piggyback rides. The future is awesome guys!

  • CDW in PC

    That's for it to drape the skin of some hapless human victim over so it can try to appear human in order to infiltrate the last of the human strongholds after Judgement Day.

  • Tigerh8r

    But why do they call it the "Corpse Carrier"? :P

  • Jenness

    No shit Tiger!

  • Doog

    Oh hell no...

  • Eric Ord

    How did they program it with Meh's personality so accurately?

  • GeneralDisorder

    PFFTT!! Big deal. I can do all of those things and I don't need exploding robot legs!

  • Wooder

    All for this as long as they follow the rules:
    1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws

    How to enforce this and stop the robot from overriding them.

    Who's seen the movie "Extinction"?

  • lushkneebumbuild

    eh, not like it's actually running the course, each movement is programmed for it in advance and the course itself is likely heavily tailored to it's capabilities so it looks better than it is

  • stuffsticks

    There are more than a few real human people that if shown exactly this route and were allowed to practice it and they would still struggle massively to complete it.

  • kodama

    [citation needed]

  • TheQiwiMan

    I love getting these little updates on these robotics projects.

    Until the thought occurs to me: "This is just the video footage they are allowing us to see."

  • stuffsticks

    What worries me is that these things are 100 times more mobile than the Tx robots from Terminator. When they go autonomous we are so screwed

  • Tigerh8r

    For years I made my living teaching people how to shoot. At it's core, the only fundamentals to marksmanship are "Sight-Alignment" and "Trigger Control". You only have to do two things to make a perfect shot. The problem is, there's about a million things that your sub-conscious wants to do that will ruin your shot, and it's a constant battle.

    I always say, "Robot's have no subconscious, so when the robot-revolution comes, they will all be the best shots the world has ever known, and we are doomed."

  • Eric Ord

    You think they're holding out on us with the robot sex films?

  • CDW in PC

    Your comment reminds me of that episode of Robot Chicken where the scientist is presenting a remarkable breakthrough in the development of robotics, and the first question a reporter in the crowd asks is "Can you f-ck it?".

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