Boston Dynamics' Robot Now Tackles Obstacles With Superhuman Dexterity

A new video by robotics firm Boston Dynamics shows the incredibly nimble and speedy Atlas bot successfully jump over and onto obstacles like a real parkour legend.

Just a few years back, Boston Dynamics shocked the world with its robot Atlas that could successfully walk on uneven ground. More recently, Atlas impressed us again with its ability to perform backflips and go for a run.

Now, a mere two hours ago, the robotics firm unveiled a video showcasing yet another of Atlas' incredible capabilities. In this one, the superhuman robot runs and jumps over obstacles, and even higher onto oncoming boxes, like a Mario brothers character or a very fast and nimble parkour legend.

"The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace. (Step height 40 cm.) Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately," says the video's description.

However, for those worrying about the potential upcoming robot apocalypse, it should be noted that robotics is also giving us exosystems that turn humans into almost-superheroes. What does all this mean for our future? It is hard to tell but chances are the next few years will see man and machine work increasingly closer together.

And that may very well be to humanity's benefit. Robots could increasingly undertake tasks too dangerous or difficult for humans and become some of our best allies on Earth.

If you feel skeptical about this, you may want to check out our list of helpful medical bots here only for mankind's better good.




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