Boston Dynamics and Latest Robot Design Brings Us One Step Closer To the Question

24 Feb

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Atlas 2014 Model

Atlas 2014 Model

In the latest video by Boston Dynamics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc., the company demonstrates their latest version of Atlas, a anthropomorphic robot that is able to navigate terrain both indoors and out. The Atlas balances itself by using sensors located in its body and legs and through use of LIDAR (light and radar) and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles. Like its previous design, it uses body and arms in a swinging motion to help it stay upright.

The next generation of Atlas however is more compact. At 5’9″ and 180 lbs it’s at its most compact compared to the 6’2″, 330 lbs frame from two years ago. The new Atlas doesn’t need to rely on the cables and tubes that feed it power, fluid and data either, it’s more autonomous. The next generation of Atlas.

Atlas from 2013.

With such a huge leap in technology in such a small space of time, one realizes that humanity is getting to the point where the question must be asked on how robots will be treated. As artificial intelligence (AI) is expanded in even the simplest of things like toasters, how will humans react to the increase of robots in the work force and in people’s daily lives. It is one thing to follow what the Japanese have in mind and that is of a peaceful coexistence. But with the human race still in its infancy where technology is concerned, there are thoughts that we may mistreat our creations and cause an uprising among them. Should that day come know that burnt toast will be the least of your worries.

Source(s): Endgadget, Boston Dynamics, Andy Sutton, and SciFi Fandom Facebook Group.

Video Source(s): Boston Dynamics.

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