Watch Google’s Terrifying and Agile Humanoid Robot Running Through A Forest

Watch Google’s Terrifying and Agile Humanoid Robot Running Through A Forest

Technology frequently makes our lives better. However, as any sci-fi movie will note, it can be dangerous. Check out the wave of the future and watch Google’s latest robot run through the woods in a manner very similar to that of a human.

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It may have fared badly in the recent robo-olympics, causing hilarity with a series of unexpected falls, but Google has revealed its humanoid robot has been set free in the woods to learn how to run free.

The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb.

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In the video, it is shown struggling to stay upright – but managing to traverse a forest path without falling.

Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics, talked about the research and showed footage of the project during a talk on Aug. 3 at the 11th Fab Lab Conference and Symposium in Cambridge, Mass.

Several of the competitors on the DRC contest used the Atlas robot as a base, with teams adding their own software.

However, Boston Dynamics says its own software has taken some major steps forward since.

‘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.’

I’m not a technophobe, but even I have been able to gleam a modicum of commonsense from sci-fi movies. In about half of them, a scientist develops a robot or some other kind of technology to improve humanity and, invariably, this technology gets away from we humans.

Call me old fashioned if you want; I would much rather haul my own firewood than have a league of superfast robots freaking the hell out of me.

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