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Headlines Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Demo

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Prepare to bow down to your future robot overlords! If you experience Automatonophobia, do not watch the video. I love robotics, and still found some of it a little unsettling.

Source: http://www.cnet.com/au/news/how-googles-impressive-new-robot-demo-will-fuel-our-nightmares/

Some excerpts from the article, with video embedded below for your convenience:

"Google-owned Boston Dynamics on Tuesday released a video of its next-generation Atlas humanoid robot that's more than just a demonstration of a remarkably resilient, agile and adaptable robot. It's also a perfect bit of propaganda for a future robot uprising that's suddenly feeling a little more imminent."
"In the video, the robot opens doors, keeps its balance while breaking through a crust of deep snow and puts 10-pound (4.5 kilogram) boxes on shelves. This is all fine and good, but 90 seconds into the video, the robot's human makers start abusing it with a hockey stick and shoving it in the back so it falls flat on its face."
"Maybe I've just watched a little too much sci-fi (I definitely have), but if there ever is a robot rebellion, surely this video will be used to indict the human race by demonstrating how we acted like jerks toward the artificial underclass from the very beginning."
"I'm totally going to have nightmares about the crazy ninja move the Atlas does to push itself back upright after being shoved on its face."

 

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Give it... 10? 15 years?
We humans have a PhD in self-destruction

But I must say, if there is one thing I like about humanity is its creation capabilites, that's the one big thing we're amazing at.