Physicist Stephen Hawking, widely regarded as the world’s smartest man, has said that artificial intelligence could end mankind. But, it seems like no one, especially Google, is heeding his warning.
The big G owns a handful of robotic companies that have been churning out advanced robotic beings like there’s no tomorrow. Boston Dynamics, acquired by Google in 2013, has unveiled their latest creation to the public and it just might make you pee your pants. Meet Atlas, the humanoid robot (its introduction starts at 0:10 seconds in the video, above).
Seeing Atlas — in a controlled environment — stumble over rocks while keeping its balance is creepy enough, but things take a turn for the worse (for us humans, presumably) when Atlas is unleashed in the real world. Tethered to a power cord (for now), the robot can be seen strolling through the woods and then running down an unpaved dirt path that’s eerily reminiscent of that infamous “run, Forrest, fun” scene in Forrest Gump, except, you know, Atlas’ run doesn’t give us that same warm fuzzy feeling. More like a cold pit of fear in our stomachs.
“Out in the world is a totally different challenge … you can’t predict what it’s going to be like,” said one of the Boston Dynamics scientists. Shudder.
The end is nigh, people, so lace up your best running shoes and get to the track ASAP. You’ll need all the practice you can get.