Go Home Robot, You’re Drunk

The Terminator Apocalypse might be a little further off than originally feared.

Some people (me) dread the day that we see the robots take over, given the great improvements in robotics in recent years.

However a video (below) produced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Spectrum magazine and re-cut by RT, suggests that maybe we don’t have too much to fear yet.

The video shows the robots malfunctioning (hilariously) during a dress rehearsal last Thursday ahead of the The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge which was held over the weekend.

DARPA launched the Robotics Challenge in 2012 following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The aim was to spur the development of robots that can respond to natural and man-made disasters by entering areas that are too dangerous for humans.

I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle. Also a functioning sense of balance:

Robot Cheetah Will Chase You in Your Nightmares

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.”