Boston Dynamics' robots can now do parkour
13 October, 2018, 10:32
Bad news, fellow meat bags.
In the video, the robot hops over a log and jumps to the top of staggered boxes.
Boston Dynamics recently released a video which showed the humanoid robot running and crossing the obstacle course, leaping over a thick log and then jumping on three separate wooden platforms. If humanity is going to die at the hands of these robots, can't they at least have the decency to look like Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, or Thandie Newton?
Robot helpers like those in the movie "I, Robot" may still be a long way off, but Boston Dynamics' rapid progress with Atlas, combined with other robot research around the world, suggests that the question of "if we get there" may no longer be applicable. Atlas' computer vision helps it locate visible markers and find its footing, according to Boston Dynamics. Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace. Will he be part of the larger movement to replace human workers with automatons?
Amid this week's depressing news about looming, climate-change-induced disaster, perhaps we can take solace in the possibility of fast-moving, unstoppable robots getting us first.
As with many of these Boston Dynamics reveals, the company is short on technical details, so it's not clear exactly how programmed the maneuver actually is.
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