Oh No-Now Those Boston Dynamics Robots Can Do 'Parkour'

Lloyd Doyle
October 13, 2018

In the company's new video, called "Parkour", we see Atlas jogging and leaping over a log easily.

I, for one, am bitter. Is it too much to ask that we get some eye candy from our soon to be apocalyptic overlords? "Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately". Boston Dynamics' robots are moving in the opposite direction, learning new things at a terrifying rate. But thanks to advancements in software and processing power, the robot can now use its legs, arms, and torso to drive its jumps and for balancing.

But what function will Atlas actually serve, other than replacing Matt Damon in future Jason Bourne movies?


But in a series of videos released over the last few years, Atlas demonstrates mobility this is uncannily human: recovering after being shoved, performing backflips, jogging over a grassy field and practicing robot parkour. Atlas has its performance improved a lot since its debut where its ability to march through the woods was shown. Will he be part of the larger movement to replace human workers with automatons? But we'll see if you still think so when this machine from the Softbank-owned robotics design company that can apparently now do Parkour is chasing you and ready to let slip the robot dogs of war.

Boston Dynamics brags that Atlas can leap up stairs 40cm in height without losing any speed.

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