Continuing our headlong race to the Terminator Apocalypse, researchers at MIT have have devised an algorithm that allows their mad creation not only to run at speeds of up to 10 mph but also to jump over obstacles, all without being tethered to anything. Because reasons.
If the thought of a large robot running straight at you freaks you out, this is one video you might want to miss:
The researchers say that eventually MIT’s cheetah robot should reach speeds of up to 30 mph, presumably right after becoming self-aware and developing a taste for human blood. To put that in perspective, that’s faster than legendary sprinter Usain Bolt.
Unlike some quadruped robots, MIT’s cheetah doesn’t need to be tethered to a power source. And thanks to the new algorithm, which causes each of the robot’s legs to exert just the right amount of force at the right time, the robot no longer needs external support. So we’ve lost our only potential advantage.
As a recent Gizmodo article about MIT’s revised cheetah bot put it, “Yep, it’s time to start getting seriously concerned.”