Tech Company Owned By Google Creates Creepy Humanoid Robot

Charlie Blacks II February 24th 2016 Tech
If you admit to not having seen Terminator, that’s probably one of the most unpatriotic things you can say today. If you haven’t seen iRobot, don’t bother, it was overly hyped and didn’t really deliver that timeless/classic feeling everyone was hoping for. Regardless, it appears that today a lot of tech companies are using their platforms and man-power to create robots with human-like features and thought processes. Is this a dangerous idea? We think so, because we’ve seen all of the Terminators and we all know how that ends. But for some reason companies keep toying with the concept of artificial intelligence. For instance, the Google-owned company, Boston Dynamics, introduced a realistic robotic dog named ‘Spot’ to the world a year ago and now they have revealed a humanoid prototype by the name of ‘Atlas’ to the general public. Take a look at the creepy thing for yourself…
If this thing didn’t send a chill down your spine you might need to talk to a mental health professional. It looks like Boston Dynamics may be one of the companies responsible for the robot revolution of the future… As you can see in the video, the Atlas robot is a fully functioning, two-legged cyborg with the ability to function through various types of terrain, has the ability to lift objects and resist uninvited force. The robot stands at 5’9" and weighs approximately 180lbs. As you can see in the video, an engineer taunts the machine by knocking a box out of the robot’s hands and pushing him back with a hockey stick. Fortunately, Boston Dynamics is smart enough to not have programmed the robot to retaliate… yet, at least. The tech company released a short statement on how the robot works, “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.”
It’s pretty frightening to watch the demonstrators knock the robot over, only for it to get up with ease, but creepiest part of the video is at the end when they show the robot walk outside of the building on its own as if it were plotting something… Let’s not wait until it’s too late to actually put some restrictions on our android friends. In all seriousness, technological progression is important, we just don’t want to get carried away. Also, for the sake of job market, a lot of companies would be interested in the idea of having robots work for them. After all, you don’t have to pay them, for now at least, they don’t need sick days or leave, and they don’t require any type of health insurance. Sounds like a genius idea for business, but a bad idea for humankind. If you haven't gotten goosebumps just thinking about the possibilities now… just wait.


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