February 25, 2016

WATCH: Is this new robot the worker (or soldier) of the future?

Rebel Staff
 

With over 8 million views in 48 hours, this new Boston Dynamics video has many speculating about the future of work as robots become more sophisticated.

The future of work -- or the future of war.

From the description:

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.

(SEE also Rebel Megaphone blogger Denyse O'Leary's series, "Will a Robot Take Your Job?")

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commented 2016-02-26 09:38:24 -0500
Bravo Zulu commented – “I wonder what calibre bullet it would take to take it down?”

.50BMG white phosphorus tracer, leaves little doubt – but why waste a bullet, just let the battery run down, or rain on it or FU its solar panel, or deny it access to recharge systems or let the snow and -40 do its thing or hit it with a taser and watch the CPU pop out of it.
commented 2016-02-26 09:32:45 -0500
Too easy a target for even the fish-eyed snipers ISIS fields. As a worker though, I think the unions should worry and “Professional warehouse personnel” should upgrade their skill sets.
commented 2016-02-26 00:51:05 -0500
I wonder what calibre bullet it would take to take it down?

I also wonder how it would do against a flame thrower?

Grenade?

Small anti-personnel mine?

What is the top speed?

I am already looking at ways to kill it before it kills me.

It is coming.
commented 2016-02-25 20:02:44 -0500
ClimateFallacy said, "He’s too noisy to take hunting, gotta be quieter in the bush. "

Now, come on, CF! Calling it a he may cause it psychological damage. Maybe it identifies as transgendered … or two-spirited! Robots are just people too!! ;o)
commented 2016-02-25 19:26:47 -0500
Maurice Potvin said: "
Mind you, in my younger days I would have turned around to the guy who pushed me down and punched his lights out…. so I guess this equates to SOME progress." Great comment! Made me chuckle. Thanks!
commented 2016-02-25 19:24:46 -0500
Cool….! I want one, as a pet of course!
commented 2016-02-25 19:15:27 -0500
He’s too noisy to take hunting, gotta be quieter in the bush.

Maybe in a decade or two we can drop millions of these from the air above the Middle East and wipe out the jihadist once and for all.
And kill less innocents like the indiscriminate drones that blow up houses with everybody inside just to get one bad guy.

@climatefallacy
commented 2016-02-25 16:55:45 -0500
Mind you, in my younger days I would have turned around to the guy who pushed me down and punched his lights out…. so I guess this equates to SOME progress.
commented 2016-02-25 16:53:20 -0500
Big deal. I can do all that stuff.
commented 2016-02-25 16:18:51 -0500
Now that robot is an impressive. I guess CPU power is fast enough now to do the complex calculations. Gets up on its’ own. Yup, getting quite impressive.
commented 2016-02-25 16:14:48 -0500
This Robot would make a good replacement for Trudeau. He/it certainly has a lot more intelligence and would not be prejudiced against real Canadians.