Science fiction projected on the big screen through the marvels of movie magic is quickly becoming science fact brought to the real world by developers and technicians at a Google-owned company in Massachusetts. And with the latest humanoid robot whose extraordinary capabilities have just been revealed by that company, Boston Dynamics, one’s thoughts might naturally turn to the “Terminator” movies, “I, Robot,” or “Blade Runner.”
In March of this year, Western Journalism reported on the video produced by Boston Dynamics that quickly went viral as viewers saw what they had never seen before — a futuristic, four-legged robot named Spot maneuvering through different environments that helped to challenge and prove the mechanical creature’s incredible functionality.
We noted that watching Spot do its thing had prompted a lot of viewers to say they were creeped out by this computer-controlled beastie. On Boston Dynamics’ YouTube channel, people left comments such as “robot apocalypse,” “robot overlords,” “modern weaponry,” and “then I imagined seeing them hunting in packs, and the creep factor went off the charts.”
Now, at a conference about advanced robotics, the founder of Boston Dynamics, Marc Raibert, has just made a presentation that’s once again turning heads and raising eyebrows.
“My goal is to build robots that rival humans and animals, or maybe even exceed humans and animals in their ability to move around in the world, manipulate things, perceive what’s around them,” Raibert told the conference attendees. As he shared a video showing the advancements the company has made in a 6-foot 2-inch humanoid robot called Atlas, Raibert noted: “This isn’t completely out in the world because of that power tether, but we’re working on a version that doesn’t have that.”
By clicking on the video above, you can watch a short portion of Raibert’s presentation to the Fab Lab Conference and Symposium in Cambridge, Mass. — a presentation in which Atlas can be seen walking over jagged rocks and running along a forest path.
h/t: Daily Mail
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