It's nice to remember what we have over robots. We can love, we can create jokes, we can climb mountains - but now we've lost our monopoly on jumping like crazy. Behold, KURMET, a robot that hops like a madman.
The impressive set of robo-legs is joystick controlled, but actually learns how to jump better (over and over and over...) every time it encounters some new obstacle. Which means it can hope right over barriers with the smoothest of landings. Start counting down until this thing's offspring is dominating humans in hurdle events. [IEEE Spectrum]