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Google's latest robot is here to replace humanity

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In December 2013, Google's acquisition of advanced robotics company Boston Dynamics saw much of the web (including us) joke about Skynet and the fall of mankind.

It's not funny any more.

At 1.75 metres, weighing 80kg, the Atlas is Dynamics' most convincing 'humanoid' robot. A set of lasers and stereo sensors built into its "head" help it locate obstacles and analyse terrain, while more technical tricks built into its legs and body help it to maintain human-like balance.

By coordinating all of this information, it's able to walk around in outdoor and indoor environments without any assistance. The latest developments added to the Atlas now mean it can get up should it fall down - which is a major step in creating fully independent robots. Watch the video below for a terrifying vision of our future servants. 

"Articulated, sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use," writes the Boston Dynamics website. "Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso."

Fingers crossed those "tools" don't include guns. 

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