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Atlas Robot can now do parkour

Atlas Robot can now do parkour”

Bad news, fellow meat bags. However, in this video, we first see Atlas perform another hop over a log.

The biped Atlas smoothly jumps over a log and casually leaps up to the top of a few box platforms. It's a quick trip to the uncanny valley but it's one that we really have to take. In addition, Atlas uses digital video to determine its location in space and a neat move, from the visible markers.

The company Boston Dynamics is known for his amusing two-legged and four-legged robots.

But what function will Atlas actually serve, other than replacing Matt Damon in future Jason Bourne movies?

A new video of the Atlas humanoid showing off proves that its backflips nearly a year ago were just the beginning.

The Oct. 11 video's description noted that Atlas' control software enabled the robot to use its whole body to create the needed power and momentum for jumping from one place to another. There's a lack of clarity in what Atlas will actually do for humanity: will he rescue people in situations too unsafe for humans? It does, however, serve to remind us just how dorky parkour is. I don't know about you, but I don't want the last thing I see in this life is a robot making silent backclips and jumping over obstacles as it approaches. And the way Boston Dynamics is going, their tech is going to be at the fore of a lot of fronts.



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