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Boston Dynamics’ Humanoid “Atlas” Robot Now Stalks the Woods Like a Horror Movie Monster

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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas: hero or menace?

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Atlas performed well at DARPA’s last robotics challenge, which tests robots with various navigational and dexterity tasks, but Boston Dynamics is now testing it in the wild. Navigating a wooded hillside is important to make sure it can effectively track down fleeing humans balance over varied real-world terrain, which bipedal robots still struggle with very much.

Still, it’s a far cry from balancing and maneuvering as well as a human. “I’m not saying it can do everything you can do,” said BD founder Marc Raibert, “but you can imagine if we keep pushing we’ll get there.” Oh I sure can, and I plan on being ready when that happ—I mean, isn’t science great?

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