Ladder-climbing robots means there's fewer places to hide

First ladders, then walls, then the world!

Whenever I joke about robots gaining more and more abilities in their eventual plan to destroy humanity, there's always the feeling that as long as the robots can't climb stairs, then humans can likely escape if things go wrong.

Well, now there's a robot that can climb ladders, and of course that means climbing walls and eventually stairs can't be far behind.

I haven't completely figured out the practical purposes for a ladder- or stair-climbing robot just yet, but if they slapped a Spider-man costume on the robot they could use it at comic-book trade shows. Also, it reminded me of the Simpsons' episode where the "Human Fly" character appeared.

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