And he's better than you.
Truth be told, we're still so far from what sci fi movies have suggested in terms of robotics. Bipedal robots (or those that are basically designed after us) are difficult to program into walking and climbing stairs--generally having it keep its balance. This is actually why some of the designs in recent humanoid robot Grand Challenges looked like an orangutan-spider cross and less human-like.
But worry not, Boston Dynamics may just be the answer--for now. It has released an amazing video of a humanoid robot doing box jumps and back flips! Atlas robot, as it's called, has actually already been released last year. However, it just showed its ability on going for a nice hike in the woods.
Now, as they solved some problems, you can see its significant improvement. It seemed like it's gonna be your next gym buddy. But, again, with this progression is the world's increasing fear on killer robots. (The UN has actually just discussed about it this week!)
Unsurprisingly, Atlas’ new powers seemed to increase the worry. “I could do without the grandstanding, future destroyer of worlds,” wrote Darrell Etherington at TechCrunch. I'm feeling robots with more capabilities would be unwelcome then, but that shouldn't be the case.
And if it makes you more comfortable, even Boston Dynamics still haven't found a way to give robots manual dexterity. So, go ahead and defend yourself from today's robot uprising; all you need is a door with a handle!
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