Google owns a company called Boston Dynamics, which has created what many news outlets are calling a “terrifying” humanoid robot.
According to reports, the “Atlas” robot, as it is called, failed miserably at the “Robot Olympics”. However, recent adjustments have allowed Atlas to now walk – unaided by a human – across rugged forest terrain.
RT News reported: If you go out in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise – that would be sound advice for residents around the Boston area. However, don’t expect to find anything remotely as cuddly or cute as a teddy bear’s picnic, because a hulking terminator-like robot has been spotted roaming around the area.
This is no hunter killer – well not yet anyway – it is a project by Boston Dynamics, a Google subsidiary, who specialize in robot design. Its creators have now let it out of the lab and into the open.
“We are interested in getting this robot out into the world. Out in the world is just a completely different challenge than in the lab. You can’t predict what it is going to be like,” said Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics.
Google and Atlas
The Atlas robot would most likely intimidate anyone who came across its path. Standing at over 6 feet tall and weighing over 300 pounds – it is a massive technical achievement right out of the “Terminator” movies.
‘We’ve been working on humanoid robots, derived from these models.
It has been studying the way humans and animals move in a bid to replicate, and even improve on it.
‘Our focus is on balance and dynamics, working in the way animals and people do, moving quickly to avoid falling.’
Raibert revealed the forest tests had gone well.
‘We’re interested in getting this robot out in the world, its a totally different, you can’t predict what its going to be like. All kinds of stuff happens, and we’re making pretty good progress in making it’s movement sort of within shooting range of yours, and if we keep pushing we’ll get there.’
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