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Boston Dynamics' Humanoid Robot Now Does Parkour (5 GIFs)

Boston Dynamics has done it again. By 'it', I mean surprising the heck out of everyone with their latest show-off of technology: Atlas, their humanoid robot, can now do parkour

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    Atlas is a bipedal humanoid robot that Boston Dynamics revealed in 2013. Back then, it was a lot less agile than it is today. In fact, getting Atlas to walk like a human took years of engineering. 


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    Over the past ten years or so, the technological advancements in the robotics industry have risen unprecedentedly. Suddenly, Atlas could do more than walk awkwardly. Now, it does much more than walking. 


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    Boston Dynamics has many kinds of robots, and not all of them are humanoid like Atlas. One of the robots, Spot, is even available for commercial sale


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    It might be a while before we are able to buy robots like Atlas to become our personal assistants. I know we're all waiting for the day when each of us has a robot to do our dirty laundry - metaphorically and literally - for us. 


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    But until that day comes, we'll have to be satisfied with the robots that are available today. Don't be disappointed - I'm sure it won't be long before we're all whizzing around in flying armchairs like the people in Wall-E. Until then, enjoy using your legs. 

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