A new video of a military-funded robot is turning heads for a display of humanlike agility that has some in a panic.
Could the Atlas Next Generation robot be the end of manual labor? Probably not anytime soon, given the multimillion-dollar price tag.
But the latest version of the Atlas humanoid robot, developed by Boston Dynamics with technology partially funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has made impressive leaps forward since it debuted in 2013.
Now, in a video posted by Boston Dynamics, social media is abuzz with what this almost graceful robot can do.
In its latest display, the 5-foot-9-inch, 180-pound Atlas can walk through snowy woods on uneven terrain, load warehouse shelves and bounce back after being bullied. After a Boston Dynamics worker knocks Atlas down with a hockey stick, it gets on all fours and slowly springs back up, sort of like a human.
Impressive, but still too slow to put an infantryman out of work.