A few weeks ago, Boston Dynamics released a video showcasing their progress on the prototypes that will one day rule our planet, after the rise of the planet of the apes, of course. From their website, "Atlas is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces."
While they have advanced to display the dexterity of your average toddler, it's still tough to speculate the impact these achievements will have in our day-to-day lives. I do suspect, however, we will get to witness something incredible (or devastating) as a result of this technology in our lifetime. Check out the video below:
Not sure about you, but I actually felt bad for the little guy getting bullied! You were here to bear witness; years from now when Artificial Intelligence rises to enslave mankind it's going to be all about that guy knocking the box out of his hands one too many times. Never forget!
Here is a short parody with a voiceover of the above video. It's censored, but contains some NSFW Language:
As advanced and fascinating as they may seem, I wouldn't worry about them taking our jobs just yet, let alone the Skynet uprising...
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