Boston Dynamics promoting the new version of Atlas

boston-dynamics-atlasA new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. 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, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs. In the next video researchers are putting their humanoid robot through a series of tests that helps it deal with extenuating circumstances — something robots are notoriously bad at. Looks like pure Robot trolling for me…

While computer-versus-human conflict has been foreseen in many films since then, a leading artificial intelligence researcher is now making the case that we need to start planning for the day that artificial intelligence combined with lethal capabilities will pose a real challenge to humanity.

boston dynamics AtlasBoston Dynamics, a Google-owned robotics company that receives funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is among the most visible companies developing military A.I. In 2013 the company unveiled Atlas, a humanoid robot capable of using a tool to break though concrete, connect a firehose to a standpipe and other emergency services. Now they have the new version available for 2016.

After Microsoft founder Bill Gates, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and dozens of other experts co-signed an open letter calling for definitive research on how to create A.I. systems that will benefit, not damage, mankind’s survival.

 

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