Today's Incredible Robots Are the Killing Machines of the Future

We love to marvel at the advanced robotics projects funded by the US Department of Defense because they’re so impressively—if clumsily—getting around and doing stuff like real humans. Motherboard’s latest documentary is an important reminder that today’s nerdy research will create the weapons of tomorrow. »4/16/15 11:40am4/16/15 11:40am

The New ATLAS Is Stronger, Faster, Scarier, and Battery-Powered

As if the original version of Boston Dynamics' ATLAS robot wasn't unsettling enough, ahead of the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in June about 75 percent of the robot has been redesigned and rebuilt to make it stronger, faster, quieter, and less encumbered by cables thanks to a battery-filled backpack that… »1/20/15 11:32am1/20/15 11:32am

We're Definitely Going to Regret Training ATLAS Like the Karate Kid

We can't help but be both utterly impressed and extremely worried about the progress of humanoid robots like ATLAS. For some reason the folks at IHMC Robotics decided to start teaching ATLAS how to balance on one foot and do the Karate Kid's famous crane kick. If that move brought down the best fighter that the Cobra… »11/10/14 12:22pm11/10/14 12:22pm

ATLAS Is Getting Faster and Faster At Simple Human Tasks

Oh sure, we all pointed and laughed at ATLAS when it was first revealed, stumbling over simple obstacles. But it was because deep down we all knew that like our original iPods, it would quickly evolve into something far more capable. And here we are, just over a year later, and ATLAS is already tackling simple… »10/24/14 1:30pm10/24/14 1:30pm

The ATLAS Humanoid Robot Has Advanced To the Level Of a Lazy Teenager

The first videos we saw of DARPA's advanced ATLAS robot it was just an infant, learning to walk and balance on its own. During the DARPA Robotics Challenge the humanoid robot handled itself like a capable child. And now almost a year later the folks at MIT are happy to announce that ATLAS has finally reached the level… »9/05/14 11:55am9/05/14 11:55am

The ATLAS Robot Will Soon Be Walking Without a Tether

As impressive as Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot ATLAS moves, it's still not completely free to explore wherever it wants. Thick trunk lines keep it tethered to machinery and pumps that provide power, hyrdraulic fluids, and of course communications and data. But researchers at MIT are now working to free ATLAS of its… »4/08/14 11:20am4/08/14 11:20am

Watch the DARPA Challenge and the Future Of Robotics Live Right Here

We've seen countless videos of ATLAS and other advanced robots strutting their stuff, but now it's officially time for all of them to put their money where their mouths are (wait, do robots have mouths?) as the DARPA Robotics Challenge officially gets underway. And you can watch a live stream of the events as they… »12/21/13 12:20pm12/21/13 12:20pm

Human-ish ATLAS Robot Can (Almost) Traverse a Teenager's Messy Bedroom

ATLAS, Boston Dynamic's great robotic hope and the obvious star of DARPA's Robotics Challenge, is one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever created. It's capable of surprisingly human like movements and motions, and could one day replace soldiers in the battlefield the same way drones have replaced pilots in the… »11/22/13 6:20pm11/22/13 6:20pm

It's Confirmed, DARPA's ATLAS Humanoid Can Officially Replace Humanity

As we creep closer to the Robotics Challenge officially getting under way, Boston Dynamics gives us another glimpse of its DARPA-funded ATLAS robot being tested in the lab. This time we get to see the unsettling peek at our future carefully tip-toeing its away across a rock-strewn simulated debris field, with… »10/04/13 8:14am10/04/13 8:14am

Another Round With ATLAS, DARPA's Most Unsettling Humanoid Robot Yet

Our first real look at ATLAS: DARPA and Boston Dynamics sophisticated humanoid robot that will compete in the upcoming Robotics Challenge left us a little concerned about how quickly our cyborg-dominated future is approaching. But this more in-depth look at the hardware and technology that make ATLAS so eerily… »7/16/13 10:25am7/16/13 10:25am

ATLAS: Probably the Most Advanced Humanoid Yet, Definitely Terrifying

As impressed by we all were by Petman, DARPA and Boston Dynamics' remarkably agile and nimble humanoid, it's about to get upstaged by the company's latest and greatest robot creation: ATLAS. Designed to compete in DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge, we actually already got a glimpse of ATLAS' impressive skills back… »7/11/13 2:18pm7/11/13 2:18pm

These Tiny Telescopes Could Save the Earth from a Deep Impact

A 50-foot wide, 10,000-ton meteor that packs triple the force of the nuke dropped on Hiroshima is nothing to scoff at. But in the grand scheme of things, the meteor that hit Chelyabinsk, Russia, last week is a cosmological runt. Space rocks as much as 100 feet across are estimated to strike every hundred years or so… »2/21/13 12:40pm2/21/13 12:40pm

This Robot Will Hunt Humans One Day Just Like Real Life Terminators

One day, I'm sure, a version of this robot will hunt humans through forests, swamps, deserts, jungles and cities. Watch it as it saves different obstacles and you will clearly imagine it too, even while now it's so slow. Give them a decade and the US Army will have their Terminator soldiers based on this technology. »10/26/12 12:49pm10/26/12 12:49pm