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The Terminator is coming to steal our humanity, and our jobs

A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

Atlas’ gait is a bit awkward — it stumbles as it walks around the woods near Boston Dynamics’ offices — but the machine is relentless, righting itself before it takes a tumble. If it does get knocked over, as it does when one of the company’s scientists plants a stick in its back during the video, then it can get back up by itself. The robot’s even capable of tracking boxes, bending down to collect them when they’re on the floor, and repeating the process when the boxes are smacked out of its hands by its overlords. Let’s hope it’s not capable of tracking the faces of people that have wronged it, or else they’ll be first against the wall during the robot uprising. From the Verge

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