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So You Think Robots Are Cute, Eh? Think again! [Video]

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This here headless monster is called Hubo, and he just won $2,000.000 for his team by beating out another 22 other robots in the DARPA robotics challenge 2015. How? Well by being incredibly scary, that’s how. For one thing he/she/it arrived driving its own car. And then it did stuff. Lots of stuff, really clever stuff. All by itself. See the video below to see what we mean.

The real point is that robots are starting to get real. Like real real. They can walk, then can manipulate things autonomously, they have super sensors, they are strong, they will eventually be fast. And this is just the very very beginning of a new era in nope. If you don’t believe us, take a look at one of the latest Boston Dynamics videos below, which gives a very clear view of how future pets may well be battery powered. Here Fido!

Of course, before that happens we all know some people (cough) will just start sticking weapons on them. Because they can. Which is going to make it tricky for Google – owner of Boston Dynamics – to keep its motto ‘Don’t Be Evil’ clean and shiny.

Oh for the good old days of steam and a willing horse.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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