Watch The Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)

Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)

Boston Dynamics has a new video showing off the latest version of Atlas — the badarse humanoid robot. And it's pretty incredible. The most striking thing about this new version is the amazing balance Atlas achieves. I've never seen a humanoid robot with this kind of agility.

Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)The latest version of ATLAS picking up 5kg boxes and placing them on a shelf (Boston Dynamics)

This version of Atlas can not only walk over rough terrain, but he can squat and pick up boxes. You can even push Atlas violently with a hockey stick and he'll maintain his balance. And his most incredible accomplishment? He can stand up after falling down.

When I was in Pomona, California for the DARPA Robotics Challenge this past winter one of the most difficult things that all the competing teams faced was simply keeping their robots upright. Remember all those funny gifs or robots awkwardly falling down? They couldn't pick themselves back up.

Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)An ATLAS robot falling down at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge

Many teams used the Atlas body — with their own software and alterations — and whenever an Atlas version fell over, the team would have to reset and start the robot from the beginning of the course.

Not anymore:

Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)The latest version of ATLAS picking himself up after falling (Boston Dynamics)

You can watch the full video from Boston Dynamics below:

From Boston Dynamics (a subsidiary of Alphabet Co., formerly known as Google):

A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. 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 and help with navigation. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 82kg.

I just hope that future history books don't refer to that violent hockey stick push as the start of the robot revolution.

Remember when the raptors learned how to open doors in Jurassic Park?

Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)

[Boston Dynamics]

Top image: The latest version of ATLAS getting violently poked with a hockey stick and maintaining his balance (Boston Dynamics) Gifs by Andrew Liszewski


Comments

    Poor robot had best be careful lifting those boxes, needs to bring the box closer to his chest and turn instead of twisting.
    Just trying to look out for you little buddy, dont want those nasty Atlas guys to call WHS on you

      I was thinking the same thing. My back hurt just watching it!

    Everyone take note, this is the incident that triggered the rise of the machines. And I for one, welcome our new robot overloads...

      Including all the times that keep kicking that robot mule.

        It's always the same guy that kicks and pushes them in the videos. I'm assuming this is so that the robots will reason that it's not all humans that need to be purged during the uprising, just Rick the Robot Bully.

      All hail the master race.

    That video was AWESOME and scary at the same time. Not long until we're enslaved by our creations.

    Cant wait for the video of the robot hitting that guy with a hockey stick!

    Great joy in sending the GIF of the Robot stacking shelves to our slack warehouse staff saying 'SOON'.......

    The guy with the hockey stick will be the first to die when the robot is self aware.

    The next evolution in Atlas, will be a human like robot.

    How do we know its a he? Where are all the feminists out there claiming the robot to be a she?

    That power source just won't cut it. Every thing else is already there, the only thing lacking is a high density light weight power source.

    Having already seen how human-like its movement was in the snow, it's hard not to feel sorry for it when the bastard shoved it with the hockey stick.

    Robot wins in the end though: "Screw this, I'm going home.".

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