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DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Can Outrace Humans; Be Glad It’s On Our Side
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Confirming the fact that we are creating the SkyNet/Terminator world that will inevitably spell the destruction of the human race, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the U.S. government experimental lab devoted to creating state-of-the-art tech weaponry, released a video demonstrating their “Cheetah,” a quadruped robot designed to mimic its flesh-and-blood counterpart.

The Cheetah, built by Boston Dynamics (previously responsible for the equally creepy four-legged Big Dog and humanoid PETMAN, and probably one of the basis for FRINGE‘s Massive Dynamic), reaches a top speed of up to 18 miles per hour (a new record for legged robots, btw). That’s nowhere near a real cheetah’s top speed of 70 mph, but it’s faster than the average human running speed of 15 mph. Not to mention, it never gets tired.

While DARPA assures that their robot program “conducts basic research and is not focused on specific military missions”, it also admits that the technology “could have a wide range of potential military applications.” Food for frightful thought.

To paraphrase The SimpsonsKent Brockman, “I, for one, welcome our new robotic cheetah overlords.”

Video demonstrating DARPA’s Cheetah doing its thing is below, followed by videos of Boston Dynamics’ other robots, the BigDog and the PETMAN.

Video

The BigDog:

The PETMAN:

  • Vicmeen

    Jesus, these things are terrifying 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W76QJQD4Q6ZLFBF35WAQ5EHRG4 yahoo-W76QJQD4Q6ZLFBF35WAQ5EHRG4

    What i like most about Big Dig is the deafening buzzing noise, that will cover any noise our troops make, sneaking up on the enamy!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tTwistt Will Harris

    Finally darpa makes something more freaky than the BigDog. However, either one of them coming after you seems like the beginning of a nightmare to me

  • Pyreshivan

    Well, we don’t have to worry until they change their name to “Skynet”.

  • Kori

    Cylons!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Adora.Sunrider Vesna 春子 Sunrider

    Why does it look like it runs backwards? O.o

  • Joryrferrell

    Start practicing bowing to your master now. The end is nigh. :P

  • Clueless wanderer

    Watching the dog slip on the ice and regain its composure sent a shiver up my spine..

  • http://twitter.com/GoodFriend13 Good Friend

    So, the treadmill set the record….

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