We've shown you NASA's neat ATHLETE robots before and it looks like the little hexapod machines have been getting more sophisticated. This vid of two ATHLETEs collaborating to lift a heavy habitat load onto the ground sent faint Matrix-esque shivers down my spine. NASA is taking development of the robots seriously, as it turns out their multiple-wheeled dexterity make them perfect for carrying mobile habitats across the rocky, uneven lunar terrain. They've even been discussed in the most recent mission planning, so they really might be trotting-rolling across the Moon's surface in a short bunch of years. Next up for ATHLETE: a mock mobile lunar base trial. [NASA and New Scientist]
you haters suck. have you ever built a pair of robots that could work together at all, much less to carry a heavy-ass object, without human guidance and without a script (unlike factory robots that just know how to do one thing over and over and over again the exact same way). seriously. why do you even read gizmodo if you don't appreciate things like this. go pitch a tent in the woods and live there, sans technology. i'll be happy to use the resources you won't need and you can continue to be ignorant about what it takes to accomplish what was accomplished in this video.