Boston Dynamics' Robot Runs, Jumps & Scares The Crap outta Us

Boston Dynamics' Robot Runs, Jumps & Scares The Crap outta Us”

The robot jogs methodically across an expanse of grass, against a backdrop of trees punctuated by a few isolated buildings. The engineers at Boston Dynamics devote much time to the improvement of the finished robots.

Not to be outdone, SpotMini has been upgraded with autonomous navigation capabilities.

This section also shows us that SpotMini can walk backward or forward, and change between those types of movement, easily. The robot was manually driven on a path ahead of this test, which allowed it to build a map of the space, and it then used its cameras to localize itself within that map. Once the operator presses "GO" at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own.

Atlas also jumps over a log, although we've seen it do that before. The video posted on YouTube shows Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot Atlas running across different types of terrain, from open land to gentle slopes - and nothing can slow him down. But some experts in the field warn about the dangers of letting such technology run unchecked, saying that advanced robotics mixed with artificial intelligence could be disastrous. "If developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend".

The robot shot to fame earlier this month when Boston Dynamics released a video titled 'Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand?' showing a SpotMini robot dog holding a door using a clawed hand.

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