Monday, April 16, 2012

PETMAN: A Giant Step Taken Toward Building DARPA's Robot Army

Activist Post

As part of DARPA's Robotics Challenge, which seeks more lifelike humanoid robots, the engineers at Boston Dynamics have impressed once again.  Boston Dynamics first caught the public's attention by showcasing just how fast robotics was advancing when they released videos of robots so lifelike that they were given names like LittleDog, SandFlea, BigDog, and the world's fastest legged robot -- Cheetah. 

Now Boston Dynamics has entered the human realm with PETMAN.  As you will see in the video below, this robot far outdoes its predecessors with its extraordinary range of motion and abilities.

PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot designed for testing chemical protection clothing. Its range of motion allows it to balance, walk, crawl, and even climb stairs, while also having the ability to simulate human physiology such as sweating. (Source)

It is the first robot to display such human movements, heralding the next ... step in robotics development destined to assist waging war on battlefield earth.


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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is not good that such wonderful technology will be used for death and destruction. We live in very troubling times, where the gain of wealth and power is more important than humanity to many. :(

Anonymous said...

Wow... skynet is being born before our eyes. I can't wait to be eating rat for breakfast and blowing up HKs in the near future...

Anonymous said...

Remember, black ops projects are at least 30 years ahead of what is disclosed to the public.
So imagine what this tech will have evolved to in 30 yrs, and you will have a ballpark idea of what the real current level of technological progress is.

It is very sad that this technology is used for destruction (or the support thereof). Imagine what it would be like if this was developed for the purposes of farming, fire-fighting, construction, etc.

Anonymous said...

This robot will fit right in
with drunken sailors

Anonymous said...

"Science" producing more efficient killing for the military industrial complex is not real science. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why but "Staying Alive" comes to mind when PETMAN starts strutting its stuff

Anonymous said...

"I'll be back."

Anonymous said...

naw come on guys, I think it neat.. I never thought the day would come. This would be very handy, like expanding industries in space. We can have robots do building, replanting, cleaning up the envoronments, something that we cannot afford... But I hope if this is not for the worse..

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:00 a.m. I'm in complete agreement with you.

This robot is the old stuff they like to flaunt to the peons; whereas the "good" stuff will be unveiled very soon.

Horrible future lies in wait for us and for our children.

Regards,
stef

Anonymous said...

The Petman robot if not used for killing could be a good cool groovy disco dancer, just the way it moves looks like its been watching 1970's cool movies, then it does push ups, it will be voting and drinking beer soon (hopefully not put on too much weight).

Anonymous said...

Just for the record, they can make all the humanoid robots in the world, but without a portable energy source that thing won't walk more than a 100 yards. You see all those cords coming down from the guide rail just above the robot? That would be it's power source. FAIL.

Anonymous said...

A very interesting article and video regarding a cyborg or robot (I-Robot) in our not to distant future.

The battle of human vs machine is already in the works, if you consider your smartphone or tablet (I-Pad) a machine.

I hope someone is developing weapons that will assist humans to defend ourselves from them. I don't thinks a conventional gun will do, maybe a Star Trek phazer is in the development.

On the positive side it would be great to have robots in our society, functioning for humankind, does Robo Cop come to mind.

I will definitely keep my eye on all developments and do some additional research.

Technology is great! Unless you are rule or control by it.

Anonymous said...

Now I know what might've been chasing me as a boy up the dark stairs late at night at my grandparents' house.

Anonymous said...

Re: Portable power source
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNZPRsrwumQ

annie said...

"PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot designed for testing chemical protection clothing. Its range of motion allows it to balance, walk, crawl, and even climb stairs, while also having the ability to simulate human physiology such as sweating."..............only ostensibly so. eventually it will be on the streets ordering you about, hunting/chasing you down.

Anonymous said...

at least they haven't taught it KUNG-FU ... (yet)

Anonymous said...

I am a robot technician and I have nothing to fear from them. They are surprisingly fragile. A little bit of silicon carbide grit to wear down the gears, some carbon fibers to short out the electronics, virii to infect their logic, all of these things can be used against them.

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