Boston Dynamics' Robot Runs, Jumps & Scares The Crap outta Us

Boston Dynamics took the leashes off its robots Atlas and SpotMini

One small step for a robot, one giant leap for AI

The last time we saw the Atlas, it was jumping onto some platforms and doing a backflip.

Boston Dynamics' robo-dog SpotMini doesn't need a human to go for a walk. It runs through a grassy field and even senses when it is approaching an object, CBS Boston reports. Then again, it apparently needed to stop before making that jump, so perhaps we've identified the best way of slowing down the marauding robot hordes.

Boston Dynamics, which is backed by Softbank Group, has many a skilled robots to flaunt.

We are all this robot, striving and growing to be better. The robotics company just posted a video of SpotMini in its autonomous navigation mode, bringing us that much closer to the robot apocalypse. Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace. Once the robot has mapped the area, it uses the cameras mounted on its front, back and sides to navigate autonomously. Once the operator presses "go", the robot takes off unassisted. SpotMini is even able to navigate stairs.

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