If the prospect of either an ape uprising or a “rise of the machines” scenario keeps you up at night, don’t watch these videos. They will only open your eyes to the very real possibility of an uprising of the ape machines.
Yes, they’re making robotic apes that can walk and balance like the real thing. And by “they,” I mean the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Watch what this bad boy can do:
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a robot ape, but clearly advances are being made in how they move. Here’s what the robot ape scene was looking like five years ago:
Of course, five years ago, we were also seeing a monkey control a robotic arm with its brain.
If that helps you sleep any better.[via The Verge]