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Watch Google's New Robot: Awesome Or Extremely Frightening?

Watch Google's New Robot: Awesome Or Extremely Frightening?

Matt McFarland | The Washington Post

A robot’s nimble steps in a snowy forest have wowed the world’s robotics industry. Boston Dynamics, the secretive, Google-owned company, released video of its latest human-like robot tromping through a field — slipping occasionally on uneven terrain — but always catching its balance.

“They’ve set a new bar,” said Aaron Ames, a Georgia Tech robotics professor. “It’s a huge step towards getting robots that can actually operate in our world in unstructured environments on uneven terrain.”

While plenty of two-legged robots can walk, none has been able to navigate uneven, unpredictable terrain.

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