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Boston Dynamics robots are learning to run outside, go up stairs

Boston Dynamics robots are learning to run outside, go up stairs

The videos from Boston Dynamics are embedded below. The latest shows the company's two-legged robot, Atlas, running at impressive speed.

The last time we saw the Atlas, it was jumping onto some platforms and doing a backflip.

The scene is nearly peaceful and idyllic, except for the pervasive whirring and clanking of Atlas' motors, gears and joints, and the sense of growing unease that comes with witnessing the inexorable approach of our future robot overlords.

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We are all this robot, striving and growing to be better. "Atlas' ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint". It wasn't enough that this creation literally inspired the very violent Black Mirror "Metalhead" episode: the company is still flirting with the robot apocalypse, as its its newest developments demonstrate.

SpotMini was trained for that excursion by being driven through the facilities before, but with that memory in its system, it could apparently make its own way-negotiating stairs along the way-without bumping into things. During the autonomous run, SpotMini uses data from the cameras to localize itself in the map and to detect and avoid obstacles. Once the operator presses "go", the robot takes off unassisted.

Watch the two videos below.


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