By Savannah Smith  |  10-12-2018   News
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Humans are used to seeing robots as slow and clumsy creations. Agility is not an attribute normally connected to robots. But all that may soon change with the continuing transformation of Boston Dynamics’ Atlas. From a shambling, stumbling mess only a few years back, Atlas is now this amazing agile, backflipping machine.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The robots are evolving, and they can do flips now. Boston Dynamics released a new video showcasing its humanoid &quot;Atlas&quot; robot leaping over obstacles and lifting objects. <a href="https://t.co/pdjaic9sKT">https://t.co/pdjaic9sKT</a> <a href="https://t.co/zJTnIO22HU">pic.twitter.com/zJTnIO22HU</a></p>&mdash; CNBC (@CNBC) <a href="https://twitter.com/CNBC/status/1050476606488227841?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The company behind Atlas has released a new video titled “Parkour” where we see the robot jogging and leaping over a log with ease. Another clip shows Atlas tacking with “confidence” a multi-level platform, bounding from one 40 cm-high step to another as it practices chasing its fleshy prey.

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Robots like Atlas have seen much improvement indeed. Only a few years ago these robots could hardly put one foot in front of the other without falling.

With the advancements in software and processing power, however, robots like Atlas can now use their legs, arms, and torso to drive its jumps and for balancing.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">More amazing home learning- well done Neve! An information leaflet about the Atlas robot. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/excellentlearningattitude?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#excellentlearningattitude</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Atlasrobot?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Atlasrobot</a> <a href="https://t.co/xedfj2H9ow">pic.twitter.com/xedfj2H9ow</a></p>&mdash; Brunswick CPS (@BrunswickS13) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrunswickS13/status/1050749222096687109?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Atlas has become so agile it can now shift its weight from one foot to another as if it were human.

Atlas also utilizes computer vision to find and prepare its position in relation to objects allowing it then to approach and hit, or avoid obstacles with accuracy.

Atlas is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It is also towering as it stands 6 foot and 9 inches. The 167-pound humanoid has made tremendous progress. Last year, Boston Dynamics circulated a video showing Atlas hopping, jumping, and landing a backflip.

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Will Atlas soon take the inevitable final form of a Terminator-style killing machine that will annihilate all of humanity? It depends on the plans of new owner Softbank which acquired Boston Dynamics from Google parent Alphabet.

Social media users are reacting on the new video of Atlas with both amazement and humor.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yeah. This is the beginning of the end.</p>&mdash; team eating food (@Not_today_nibs) <a href="https://twitter.com/Not_today_nibs/status/1050510763217977344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Imagine waking up to seeing that running down your street?</p>&mdash; Corey Misurella (@cmis79) <a href="https://twitter.com/cmis79/status/1050717713964945408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">we must destroy Boston Dynamics…..soon we will be replaced…</p>&mdash; fabian riffo (@elfabi15) <a href="https://twitter.com/elfabi15/status/1050500999474016258?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Nice Terminator.</p>&mdash; Dr. Ben Goins DSM [🐍💃🐍BCH] (@HealthWarrior1) <a href="https://twitter.com/HealthWarrior1/status/1050517298220621829?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 11, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Beautiful, is this even real?!</p>&mdash; CelesSteel (@retroguygaming) <a href="https://twitter.com/retroguygaming/status/1050540948814524422?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source:

https://www.techspot.com/news/76899-boston-dynamics-atlas-robot-shows-off-upgraded-agility.html

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Anonymous No. 39221 1539392498

Incendiary ammunition

Jeff Allen No. 39222 1539392726

Every technology has its weakness. I wonder how captain robot would stand up to paintballs? Can anyone say blind as a bat? Especially if a few paint balloons are filled with a side arsenal of graphite powder for the electronics.

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