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Welp, Humanity, We Had a Nice Run

Welp, Humanity, We Had a Nice Run

Boston Dynamics has released a video of Atlas, their humanoid robot, showing off its parkour skills while aiding a (fake) construction worker. Atlas has been the star of many viral videos, but this latest one shows its most human-like motion yet. Atlas doesn’t just complete the task it’s been assigned; it does it with style.

It’s time for Atlas to pick up a new set of skills and get hands on,” Boston Dynamics shared. “In this video, the humanoid robot manipulates the world around it: Atlas interacts with objects and modifies the course to reach its goal—pushing the limits of locomotion, sensing, and athleticism.”

Scott Kuindersma, Boston Dymanics’ team lead, shared that the robot’s latest skills are just some of the improvements the group of innovators have been working on.

“We’re not just thinking about how to make the robot move dynamically through its environment, like we did in Parkour and Dance,” said Kuindersma. “Now, we’re starting to put Atlas to work and think about how the robot should be able to perceive and manipulate objects in its environment.”

Atlas still isn’t ready for the wild, Kuindersma clarified, but it’s only a matter of time until we see humanoid robots in our day-to-day lives.

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