I know it’s cliche at this point to mention Terminator and Robocop in articles like this, but sorry, I call ’em like I see ’em.
As you may know, Google bought Boston Dynamics, makers of humanoid (and other) robots in 2013 before becoming Alphabet last year. Boston Dynamics is now showing off its latest masterpiece, and it’s basically the
most shiver-inducing coolest one yet.
Boston Dynamics says:
A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.
Go ahead and marvel at the sight of this robot casually doing human things and thinking about
replacing helping humans in a variety of scenarios. Yikes Awesome!