Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Rise Of The Machines

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Boston Dynamics keeps working on their BigDog quadruped robot, which will probably grow to be the future AT-AT of the Pentagon. Its evolution since the last time you could see it on youtube is nothing short of mindblowing, and very spooky.

It looks like an actual biological quadruped. Seeing it climb through rubble, snow, jumping over obstacles like a wild goat, and saving a near-fall on iced ground at the last second (fast forward to the middle of the video) defies belief. It feels so "animal" that I almost feel bad when they hit it to demonstrate how it regains balance on its own.

The new version of the robot can now carry 340 pounds, which is almost triple the previous weight.

So, what is it good for? Rescuing refugees from war zones? Helping to get equipment up to Mount Everest base camps? Provide, equipped with next generation solar cells, clean transport in rural areas?

Erm.. no.

With titan legs, new generation kevlar armor, heat seeking devices, a ray gun, rocket launcher & a high power machine gun these little buggers will be able to destroy Everything Anywhere on land.

Are you John Connor? ..come with me if you want to live.

Thanks to Gizmodot