Robotics firm Boston Dynamics has unveiled their latest robot, and it’s a massive juggernaut-looking beast that can leap onto blocks and do perfect backflips.
In other words, the days of humanity are numbered.
The robot that will soon rule over us all is called Atlas, and, according to the nerds over at Wired, is a “bipedal robot” with the remarkable ability to successfully perform backflips with just two legs.
“[It’s] not hard to see a future when Atlas does indeed tread where fleshy humans dare not,” Wired notes. “Especially now that Boston Dynamics is part of the Japanese megacorporation SoftBank, which may have some cash to spend.”
Remember: the last time we wrote about AI, it was because scientists were terrified that we were on the verge of creating “killer robots.” Imagine that 6-foot-9 humanoid with a gun and a gripe with his creator. Not good.
Of course, when a video of the backflipping cyborg showed up on Twitter, people naturally started freaking out:
we dead pic.twitter.com/lUys7DptdZ
— alex medina (@mrmedina) November 16, 2017
I’m so psyched for the robot overlords to gymnastics me to death
— Justin Pervorse (@justinpervorse) November 16, 2017
If my name were Sarah Connor, I’d be freaking out right about now. https://t.co/h0jHaJmENT
— Brian Sack (@brian_sack) November 17, 2017
I’ve been terrified of the roboapocalypse for years, but when that thing did the backflip, I lost it. We’re done, and we deserve it.
— Steve ‘aka Bernie Bernstein’ Mullis (@stevemullis) November 17, 2017
ARGH THE ATLAS ROBOT DOES BACKFLIPS NOW
We’re fucked pic.twitter.com/kFxtBTvKsx
— AKIRA THE DON 🍭 (@akirathedon) November 17, 2017
This Is Scary pic.twitter.com/dRf4UpMcWb
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 17, 2017
Humanity is done’
— Kote (@kotecinho) November 16, 2017
Some, however, were foolishly optimistic about our robotic brethren attaining peak physical form:
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. pic.twitter.com/0TQNnDcNir
— Olaf Falafel (@OFalafel) November 17, 2017
We have only one solution left: robot politicians.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 16, 2017
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