Oh, we’re definitely doomed.
Boston Dynamics showed off the latest feat from its bipedal Atlas robot Thursday, in a video showing it running and jumping over obstacles with ease.
“Atlas does parkour,” the company said in a statement. “The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace. (Step height 40 cm.) Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately.”
So when the robots take over, don’t even bother trying to run away.
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Boston Dynamics is owned by SoftBank Group Co. 9984, +1.30% , which bought it from Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, -0.13% GOOG, -0.18% in 2017.
The robotics pioneer has previously stoked our dystopian fears in the form of a four-legged robot that acts like a dog — er, a dog that can open doors. It has also created a wheeled robot that can lift and jump (and, in theory, hunt down puny humans) that Marc Raibert, Boston Dynamics’ founder, called “nightmare inducing.”
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