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#1 Steven P.

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 13:42

Meet Atlas, a humanoid cyborg capable of crossing rough terrain and maintaining its balance on one leg even when hit from the side.
 
And WildCat, the four-legged robot that can gallop untethered at up to 16mph (26km/h).
 
These are the latest creations of Boston Dynamics, a US robotics company part-funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa).
 
The robots are part of Darpa's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation programme.
 
Darpa says such robots "hold great promise for amplifying human effectiveness in defence operations".
 
Referring to Atlas's ability to remain balanced despite being hit by a lateral weight, Noel Sharkey, professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield, told the BBC: "This is an astonishing achievement... quite a remarkable feat."
 
This version of Atlas is one of seven humanoid robots Boston Dynamics is developing in response to the Darpa Robotics Challenge.
 
In December, competing robots will be set eight tasks to test their potential for use in emergency-response situations, including crossing uneven ground, using power tools and driving a rescue vehicle.
 
Darpa wants to improve the manoeuvrability and controllability of such robots while reducing manufacturing costs.
 

 




#2 rippleman

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 13:48

is that powered by a flux capacitor? this things runs at 1.7 gigawatts?!!???

 

 

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#3 Julius Caro

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 13:51

boston dynamics, DARPA... may as well be massive dynamic and DHARMA...



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Posted 07 October 2013 - 15:03

Looks like an early prototype of a Terminator to me. :p



#5 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 20:01

Reminds me of the robot from Saturn 3...

 

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 20:12

Bet I could knock it over.

 

Then it would hunt down my parents in the 1970s



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:28

Looks like an early prototype of a Terminator to me. :p

Swartzenegger will be proud.



#8 xbamaris

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 01:47

Anyone else actually freaked out about that thing lol. It's... too lifelike... 



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 02:21

Saw a vid of WildCat the other day and while a cool piece of tech, it'll turn real nasty the day it becomes sentient :p

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 02:26

Saw a vid of WildCat the other day and while a cool piece of tech, it'll turn real nasty the day it becomes sentient :p

 

See this one:



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:31

Its not a Cyborg as there are no organic parts to him.     O_O No guns! Thank god .... 



#12 +Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:35

Its not a Cyborg as there are no organic parts to him.     O_O No guns! Thank god .... 

According to Terminator 2, Cybernetic Organism, living tissue over a Metal Endoskeleton, looks like phase one is complete, now where did I put the Red LED eyes and the 40 Watt Phase Plasma Rifle.....



#13 illage3

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 10:46

According to Terminator 2, Cybernetic Organism, living tissue over a Metal Endoskeleton, looks like phase one is complete, now where did I put the Red LED eyes and the 40 Watt Phase Plasma Rifle.....

And the accent, and the nural net, and a battery that goes nuclear when damaged lol   A cyborg can be anything, as long as it ontains both machine and organic parts.

 

People's with Pacemakers are technically "Cyborgs".



#14 +Nik L

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 12:28

Actually a cyborg is defined by a person who relies upon inorganic technology to function.  As such, if someone wears glasses they are a cyborg.



#15 DocM

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 13:25

I have focussing eye lens implants and a computer controlled prosthetic leg (even has a bluetooth remote), so ditto here.



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