Ahhnold… er, I Mean AtlasPosted: 18 July 2013
While still in man vs. machine mode around here, I thought I’d add this interesting story…
Meet DARPA’s real-world Terminator, Atlas
- By Sebastian Anthony on July 12, 2013 at 7:15 am
DARPA and Boston Dynamics, of BigDog, Petman, and Cheetah fame, have unveiled their most advanced humanoid robot yet: Atlas. At 6’2″ (188cm) and 330lbs (150kg), Atlas is incredibly imposing; with 28 hydraulically actuated joints, LIDAR and stereo vision, a beefy on-board computer, and some of the most advanced robotic limbs ever conceived, Atlas is remarkably human-like in its behavior.
*Bold emphasis mine.
It’s no joke, either. Watch the video. It’s kinda’ creepy to see that machine moving like that. Of course, it’s a long way from a T-800, but give it time.
War = Profit. You can bet on it. These machines may fill many disaster recovery rolls, but I can guarantee you that there will be specialized models that will be utilized as killing machines. Humans are very, very good at finding new ways to kill. We’ve never turned away from any useful tool that aided in that pursuit, unfortunately.
Read the rest of this interesting article from ExtremeTech. Don’t forget to watch the video.