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BEACON TRANSCRIPT – With Skynet keeping close tabs on Boston Dynamics we can be sure that the new generation of robots will be capable of mimicking any aspect of human behavior. Atlas is the new hit in robotics, a fact proven by countless of roboticists coming forth to hail Google’s accomplishments.
First of all, what or who is Atlas? As you might have figured out on your own, Atlas is human-like robot developed by Google. What’s makes it or him so special? Well, he doesn’t like to be pushed around by petty humans, that’s for sure.
Joke aside, we can state without a doubt that the newest version of Atlas developed by Google’s top secret research division is the next step into human-like robots. Measuring 5-foot-9 and weighing around 180 pounds, this wonder machine walks like a human and with a little tinkering it can perform virtually any task.
In a recent video clip posted by Boston Dynamics, we can see Atlas outside the lab, in real-world conditions. Instead of lab-testing the robot, the team decided to take the human-like robot out for a stroll through the forest. Note that in the clip there’s quite a lot of snow. Normally, that won’t be an issue for a human or for an animal, but for robots, it is bad news.
Previous versions of Atlas or that robot which resemble a decapitated dog-hog creature were unable to navigate through rough or uneven terrains. In fact, they were so left-handed, or rather left-footed, that the research team spent a lot of time trying to put the robots back on their feet.
But not the new Atlas. The new robot is so versatile in the art of strolling through the forest that it requires little human supervision. Sure, he walks funny and has some issues climbing, but he doesn’t fall on the ground.
However, Atlas can do even more stuff than walking. He can open doors, pick up crates and run. Furthermore, Atlas doesn’t require any safety harness or a power cord. The new version of Atlas runs solely on battery power and had an improved rib cage armor.
In order to test his moves, some of the team members deliberately knocked Atlas off his feet. But, within moments, the robot managed to get back on its feet.
Many robotic researchers such as Aaron Ames from Georgia Tech or Christ Atkeson from Carnegie Mellon declared that Atlas is indeed astonishing. The roboticists also added that the next logical step in making Atlas ready for the human world is to outfit him with skin and hands. That way, Atlas will be able to fulfil complex task like taking care of elderly people, helping with the groceries or working inside a nuclear power plant.
Atlas is the new hit in robotics, being dubbed as one of the most outstanding human-like robots ever created.