Robots Technology

Creepy Robot of the Day

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The folks at MIT have taught their Cheetah robot how to jump over obstacles with no external support or safety harnesses.

The Cheetah robot is funded by DARPA, the Pentagon's advanced research program, and according to MIT this is the first robot that can run and jump over obstacles autonomously without direction from us obsolete humans.

The first of many, I assume. Before you know it, nowhere will be safe.

Full disclosure: I actually think this is amazing and I want one as a pet.

  • Draxiar

    Damn awesome technology…

  • j hentai

    fantastic!

  • muselet

    That is seriously impressive.

    –alopecia

  • RamOrgan

    Hysterical … I shared this on Facebook, title is “creepy robot of the day”, image is Chris Christie. Bwahahaha.

  • mdblanche

    I don’t even know why the scientists make them!

    • muselet

      Serious answer: because it helps explain a lot about quadruped locomotion. Also, autonomous robots which can respond in a non-programmed way to unexpected obstacles would be useful in planetary exploration and search-and-rescue operations here on Earth.

      Snarky answer: because their robot overlords ordered them to do so.

      Hope that clears things up. :^)

      –alopecia

      • mdblanche

        Either way, first thing Monday I’m applying for a policy from Old Glory Insurance.

  • Scopedog

    Hmmm…I keep thinking of the Mechanical Hound from Bradbury’s classic novel FAHRENHEIT 451….