Videos of creepy robots trying their best to walk like humans (with absolutely no help from their abusive owners) are nothing new, but this new footage of the Atlas humanoid walking robot, developed by Google-owned company Boston Dynamics, is a game changer.
Usually these videos are shot in a lab, or on a treadmill – an artificial environment where the terrain that the robot is walking on can be controlled and maintained.
However, the latest video from the Boston Dynamics team, which gets funding from the US Defence budget, shows the Atlas robot running through a real forest.
It’s a little unsteady on its feet at times, but that it manages to stay upright at all is quite a feat.
It gets up to a decent running speed on flat ground, but even manages to tackle a walk down a steep hill thick with foliage as well.
Marc Railbert, the founder of Boston Dynamics said: “We’re interested in getting this robot out into the world.”
“Out in the world is just a totally different challenge than in the lab, you just can’t predict what it will be like.”
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