First they made that creepy robot dog that could navigate uneven terrain and now they’ve taken us another step closer to the age of the machines.
Say hello to Atlas, the next generation of Boston Dynamics technology. If you thought a robot dog was creepy then wait till you get a load of this thing.
The team describe Atlas as such:
A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.
Creeped out yet? No? Well, you should be.
If you watched the entire video then you were privy to a member of the team jabbing at it with a hockey stick (because Boston) and just being a real dick to it in general. This is concerning on a few levels.
They don’t have feelings, so do whatever you want. But if these things become sentient and have those “memories” from when they were being fucked with, then the Boston Dynamic team are in for a world of hurt. Alright, maybe that’s a bit of sci-fi thinking, but it could happen. What’s more, Atlas was able to keep its balance when being prodded from the front and was able to do this horrifying stunt when knocked down from behind.
The only good thing about Atlas’ recovery is that you’ll have, roughly, a 10 second head start before it can waddle after you.
It can pick up boxes, stock shelves, open doors and do most of the things necessary to either take your job or crush your skull… or both.